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Growing Tomatillo

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
    S   P              

(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

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
01 Nov 16, Donald Ellison (Australia - temperate climate)
Where to by tomarilla seed or plants
27 Nov 16, James (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Bunnings sell the toma verde variety in Johnsons seed packets.
30 Oct 16, Donald Ellison (Australia - temperate climate)
Where to by tomarilla seed or plants
18 Nov 16, John (Australia - temperate climate)
Google Eden Seeds or Green Harvest. I believe they both have them.
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?
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