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Growing Tomatillo

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Tomatillo in USA - Zone 5a regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 70°F and 81°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 28 inches apart
  • Harvest in 10-14 weeks. Husk splits when fruit is ripe..
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Will happily grow in a flower border

Your comments and tips

23 Oct 16, ashley (Australia - temperate climate)
Just wondering how to prune a tomatillo? Is it the same as pruning a tomato or egg plant?
21 Jan 17, Val (Australia - temperate climate)
No need to prune tomatillo plants.
02 Jul 16, Patricia Dunsky (USA - Zone 7a climate)
Where can I buy tomatillos in New England area?
30 Apr 16, David Bruce Claydon (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi there, I live in the Upper Hunter Valley in New South Wales where temperatures can go between -2 & 40+ in summer. Would tomatillo grow in this climate & if so, which month would be best to plant.
15 Jan 16, Connie Nel (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Where can I buy these plants or obtain the seeds
04 Jun 17, Sue (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Try The Seed Vault,, they have tomatillo seed and offer more seeds per packet at a cheaper price. Different colour ones as well.
20 Jan 16, Lorraine (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
You can buy the tomatillo seeds online from
11 Jan 16, Rory Derrick (USA - Zone 10b climate)
Hi there, from what you are explaining there it sounds like the fruit that they called tomatillo, it is a relative to the tomatoes, they are used in the making of the green Mexican style salsa type of topping sauce.
21 Dec 15, lj (Australia - temperate climate)
tomatillo seeds and cape gooseberry seeds are available in the seeds of the world series at Bunnings, both grow readily from seed but best in seed raising mix until planting out. Then they go crazy in Sydney near the coast, up to 1.5m high and wide. They need staking and plenty of support as stems are not woody and split easily when full of fruit. I've got a great crop about ready to harvest and a real Mexican friend coming to show some cooking techniques and recipes. You can get 20-100 tomatillos from one plant over a few months. Gooseberries are a bit smaller but sweet and juicy when the case around the fruit goes brown and the fruit turns yellow-orange
30 Oct 15, Harry (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
You can get seeds from either Livingseeds or Seeds for Africa. Livingseeds currently also selling the seedlings.
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