Purple Tomatillo (Heirloom, 100 Days)
These large heirloom tomatillos are later than the green ones but worth the wait. The purple color develops after the tomatillos mature and burst open their papery husks. The Purple Tamatillo flavor is tangier than its green-colored cousin. Interesting in salsa and fine grilled.
Germination: 7-14 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 75-85ºF. Cooler soil temperatures increase germination time.
Seed Sowing Depth: ¼” deep
Starting Indoors: 8-10 weeks before the last frost. Sow in flats/cells/pots. Provide 75-85ºF soil temperatures. Fertilize the seedlings every 7-10 days with a liquid or water-soluble fertilizer (diluted to ¼ of suggested measurement). Transplant seedlings 24-48” apart after the last frost.
Sowing Outdoors: Not recommended, especially in northern areas
Harvest: Paper husks begin to dry and fruits feel slightly soft. Fruits that are ripe pull easily from the plant.
Tips: Plant the Purple Tomatillo in fertile soil, amend with compost if needed. It helps to use row cover early in the season, giving the plants extra warmth, especially in the north. Trellis or stake plants for support. Side dress when flowers begin to form. Place some type of cloth under the plants for an easier harvest.