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How to Grow Tomatillo Plants
Tomatillos are members of the nightshade family, and are closely related to tomatoes. The plant and leaves look like a tomato plant. So, it won'y surprise you to know that they are grown like a tomato. Thanks to the growing popularity of Tex-Mex cooking, more gardeners are adding a few Tomatillo plants to their gardens. It is a must have for your homemade Mexican salsa.
The fruit of the Tomatillo is green, and about the size of a large cherry tomato. The inside is white and meatier than a tomato. Tomatillos grow inside of a thin paper-like husk. They are used in salsa, jams and other mexican recipes.
Other Names: Tomatillos are also called Toma Verde and Ground Cherries
Green colored Tomatillos are commonly grown in the U.S. There are also purple and yellow husk varieties.
Sowing Tomatillo Seeds:
Tip: Harden off your tomatillo plants, by bringing them outdoors for increasing amounts of time, beginning a week before transplanting. Make sure to bring them in, or put them in a cold frame, if frost is forecast.
Days to Maturity:
90 - 100 days.
How to Grow Tomatillo Plants:
Plants need support to grow their best, and to keep the fruit off the ground. Use stakes or cages.You can also tie them to fences.
Insects and Pests:
Tip: Stake your plants up to keep the fruit off the ground. This keeps the snails and slugs away and damage from lying on the ground.
Diseases of Tomatillos:
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