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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

20 Sep 17, jack niemann (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
online greenpatch seeds https://greenpatchseeds.com.au/snowpea-to-tomatillo-seed.html
11 Sep 17, Bru (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi Mara. You could try Hillside Herbs at Mclaren Vale. I get most of my herbs/veg from these guys. Always healthy plants and good knowledgeable service. If they don't have any, they may at least know where to get some.
11 Sep 17, Darren (Australia - temperate climate)
You can try some of the nurseries around Adelaide; Garden Grove or Virginia Nursery could have them. Otherwise, the Seed Collection lists tomatillo seeds online, but is currently out of stock.
11 Sep 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Internet - Boondie Seeds - type in Tomatillo in the search box in top right hand corner.
03 Sep 17, Kate Frawley (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I just bought one tomatillo plant as part of a mixed punnet from Bunnings. Dies this mean I wont get fruit as I read they are not self pollinators
14 Nov 17, Cassi (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi kate can you give me a couple more details please - like which bunnings and can you remember which brand the punnet was etc? I need tomatillos to harevst for early jan and out of the 7 seeds i planted only one is still alive :( I need to find already growing seedlings now....and yes everything i read says they dont self pollinate :(
10 Sep 17, Sue Dietrich (Australia - temperate climate)
I bought seed packets from Bunnings Traralgon. I have about 30 growing. Kate, how did yours fare? I did read you can prune them after four leaves appear. this is my first attempt
04 Sep 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
That is what it says. Need to buy one or some more plants.
17 Apr 17, Judy Badenhorst (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
Are Tomatillo plants perennial like the Cape Gooseberry? do they need cutting back? Many thanks Judy I have grown many tree tomatoes from seed having chosen the really rip fruit with dark red brown seeds.
21 Nov 16, Luis Da Graca (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
Good Day I am from cape town and would like to know if there are any one here or in the rest south africa that will supply me with Tomatillo's. not seeds. the full grown tomatillos thanking you luis
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Tomatillos have done well here in Texas, which is extremely hot and dry. I grow them in the summer, and they seem to do well in temperatures over 39 degrees Celsius. Humidity does not bother them, but pruning lower branches helps prevent rot.

- Marie

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