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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, Tomatillos, more gardeners are adding a few Tomatillo plants to their gardens.
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. Buy Green and Purple Husk Tomatillo Seeds
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 cages or Veggie Cages .
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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