How to grow Tomatillo

Tomatillo grow and care – 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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How to grow 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 indoor 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

How to grow Tomatillo

Growing Tomatillo plant

Tomatillo plant care



Blooming Seasons
  • Autumn flowers
  • Spring flowers
  • Summer flowers
  • Winter flowers
Edible Parts
  • Edible Fruit
Culinary uses
  • Cooked
  • Eaten raw
  • Fruit
  • Pickles
  • Salad
  • Spreads & Sauces
  • Stuffed or Wrapped
  • Vegetables
Flower colors
  • Green flower
  • Purple flower
  • White flower
  • Yellow flower
  • Desert Climate
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Temperate Climate
  • Tropics Climate
Harvest Season
  • Autumn Harvest
  • Spring Harvest
  • Summer Harvest
  • Winter harvest
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental flower
  • Ornamental fruit
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
  • Fast growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Annual plant
  • Evergreen
  • Herbaceous
  • Perennial plant
Plant Uses
  • Edible plants
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
  • Part shade Plants
Watering plants
  • Big amount of water
  • Regularly water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11
  • Hardiness zone 12
  • Hardiness zone 13
  • Hardiness zone 4
  • Hardiness zone 5
  • Hardiness zone 6
  • Hardiness zone 7
  • Hardiness zone 8
  • Hardiness zone 9