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Tomatillos (Physalis ixocarpa) are annual nightshade-family plants that bear small, tart, plum-shaped fruits wrapped in husks.

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Tomatillos have been used in Mexican, Guatemalan, and other Meso-American cuisine

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When to Seed Tomatillos

6 to 10 weeks before the expected last frost date for your region

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Propagation

Tomatillos can be grown from seeds or cuttings.

How to Propagate Tomatillos

In Tomatillos, as well as in ordinary tomatoes, side shoots grow, which can be cut off and planted separately in moist soil.

Filling Seed Starting Trays

Plant the Tomatillos seeds at a depth of about .25 inches.

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Sowing Seeds

To prevent the seedlings from stretching, the room should not be too hot.

After Tomatillos sowing or planting, the area should be well watered.

Water, Warmth, Thinning, and Tending

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Planting Tomatillos

Like many plants in the garden, you first need to sow tomatillo. The last must be done in March-April.

Like tomatoes, tomatillos can be planted more deeply.

When to Transplant Tomatillos

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Tomatillo Spacing

Transplant the tomatillo plants into the ground, placing them at a distance of at least 3-4 feet from each other.

Tomatillo plants are usually supported by stakes, trellises, or cages.

Trellis or No Trellis?

Plant Deep

Like tomatoes, tomatillos are eager to root all along their stems as they establish.

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How to Grow Tomatillos

Light

Tomatillo prefers sunny places in the garden.

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How to Grow Tomatillos

Water

Watering growing tomatillos should be done in drier, hotter weather.

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How to Grow Tomatillos

Soil

If your soil is clay-like, it needs to be lightened and loosened before considering planting a tomatillo.

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Climate and Temperature

The optimum temperature range for growing tomatillos is 70-90 degrees, but they can handle that if it gets warmer.

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How to Grow Tomatillos

Fertilizing

For those looking to encourage vigorous tomatillos growth and fruiting, consider using a dilute balanced liquid fertilizer every month.

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How to Grow Tomatillos

Maintenance

Tomatillo pruning isn’t absolutely necessary, however, you can improve your yield by pruning.

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How to Grow Tomatillos

Harvest

Depending on the time of planting, the first fruits may appear in July, and harvesting continues until October-November, until frosts.