I am growing yellow tomatillos to use in Mexican dishes like chile verde stew, guacamole, quesadillas, salsas, and sauces. I harvest the Tomatillo Verde fruits when they are still green to capture that tart, lemony taste.
Tomatillos also come in purple varieties which are sweeter and best harvested when they are fully mature and used for preserves. Both types of fruit are grown enveloped in a papery husk. The fruit will fill out the husk which will split and fold back when when the fruit is ripe.

Tomatillos like the same conditions as tomatoes; rich soil, lots of moisture, and full sun. Plant at least two plants for pollination. Sow seeds early, indoors, the same way you would sow tomatoes. Harden off and plant seedlings deeply in the garden after all danger of frost has past. Plant about two feet apart in rows about four to five feet apart.  
Trellising is optional, but tomatillos like to sprawl and can take up more room if you opt not to. Trellising also helps keep them off the ground allowing for more air circulation.

Tomatillo plants are indeterminate; they keep producing fruit until the first frost. 

They are very easy to grow and are rarely bothered by pests or diseases. Although, flea beetles have been known to chew the leaves and cutworms can also make an appearance.

Fruits will generally mature in 60-100 days depending on the variety.

Some varieties to consider:
  • Toma Verde (60-75 days)
  • Dr. Wyche's Yellow (90-100 days)
  • Grande Rio Verde  (80 days)
  • Purple Tomatillo (70 days)
  • Purple de Milpa (70-90 days)
  • Purple Coban (90 days)
~ Tomatillo ~
By Miss Lady Bug


Sarah B.
08/23/2012 12:17pm

That's a pretty tomatillo!

Lynn M
06/18/2013 12:09am

Thanks for the growing information! We are growing tomatillos this year for the first time, due to an unquenchable salsa verde addiction. We're using tomato cages for support; do you think that'll be enough?

06/18/2013 12:04pm

Yes. They like to sprawl but it's best to keep the branches up off the ground. Salsa Verde yum.... so delicious!

06/23/2013 5:20pm

I was pleasantly surprised to find that tomatillos will grow quite well in my northern climate. They make a tall bush, and I put a stake next to the plant to keep it from getting blown over. I tried them because there is a similar plant that grows wild here called ground cherry. The ground cherries are delicious, but very small, and it's a lot of work to unhusk enough of them to be useful except for popping a few in your mouth as a snack.

06/24/2013 10:38am

Great! I am growing Giant Cape gooseberries which are a larger version of the wild ground cherries. Squirrels are a big problem though... they not only love the berries but brake off branches while stealing them.
Thanks for stopping by, I've enjoyed your comments.


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