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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 flavor is tangier than its green colored cousin. Interesting in salsa and fine grilled.

 40 seeds

PLANTING

Physalis ixocarpa

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 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 last frost.

Sowing Outdoors: Not recommended, especially in northern areas

Harvest: Paper husks begin to dry and fruits feel slighlty soft. Fruits that are ripe pull easily from the plant. 

 

Tips: Plant in fertile soil, amend with composted 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLANTING:

Indoors- 4-5 weeks before last frost and 1/8” deep. Keep soil moist and 75 degrees. Transplant out 24-36” apart after last frost.

Harvest- Husks dries and splits when mature and fruits are pushing out of them.

Tips- Plant and grow like tomatoes and they will need support for their best performance.