How to grow Tomatillo

Tomatillo growing herbaceous of the genus Physalis also known as Mexican husk tomato, Tomatillos or Physalis philadelphica, Tomatillo perennial evergreen or annual plant also used as ornamental plant, can grow in tropic, mediterranean, desert, subtropical or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 10+(as perennial) 4-9 (as annual).

Leaves color green with velvety texture, leaf in oval shape.

Flower color yellow, purple, white or green and in order to pollinate need more than one cultivar better not relative or too much genetic connection.

Tomatillo fruits

Fruit edible, fruits cover with capsule in green to brown taste reminiscent of sweet tomato or regular tomato but not exactly depends the cultivars and ready to pick when the capsule start to become brown

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Requirements for Tomatillo growing and care:

More than one plant, moist soil

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Vegetative reproduction

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?

Difficulties or problems when growing:

Planting season:
Spring / Summer

Pests and diseases:

Pruning season:
All year

How to prune:
Dead parts

Size of the plant?
0.3-1.4 m, 12-56 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade

Is it possible to grow as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season?
Spring to summer as annual, all year as perennial

General information about the flower:
yellow, purple, white or green in round shape with merge petals

Pollination is done by:
Bees and need more than one plant in order to have fruits

Fruit information

Fruit harvest season:
Spring / Summer / Autumn

Fruits pests or diseases:
Birds, aphids

What can be done with big quantities of Tomatillo fruit?
Eat raw, salad, sauce, paste, cooked, baked, jams

Work requirements on the fruit:
Just to harvest

How long does it take to bear fruit?
6-10 weeks from seeds

Scientific name:

Physalis philadelphica

Blooming Seasons

Edible Parts

Culinary Uses

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Harvest season

Ornamental parts

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Planting season

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Watering plants

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