Tomatillos & Ground Cherries

Purple Tomatillo

Purple Tomatillo

TM934

70 days. This unusual deep purple tomatillo makes an ideal salsa with its sweet tart flavor. The plant has striking purple veins in the leaves, and the husks are light green to buff colored. Very decorative as a garnish. We've noticed that after harvest when husks are completely removed, the skin becomes more uniformly purple.

   Open Pollinated
Approximately 60-65 seeds per 1/8 gram.
  • TM934/S
  • 1/8 gram
  • $3.45

  • TM934/P
  • 1 gram
  • $7.35

  • TM934/B
  • 1/4 oz
  • $16.95
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Soil Temp for Germ.Days to EmergenceSeed DepthSoil Temp. for Trans.Plant SpacingRow SpacingMin. Germ.Seed LifeSeeds per gramFertilizer Needs
70-90°F6-141/4"55°F18-36"3-4'75%3 yearsSee belowHigh


Physalis spp.
These tasty summer treats are even more mineral-dense than tomatoes, packed with unique phytochemicals and flavonoids.

Days to maturity are calculated from date of transplant.

Culture
• Fertile, well drained, raised beds covered with plastic mulch promote early growth and better yields
• Tomatillos & Ground Cherries are high feeders and will benefit from regular fertilization with Age Old Bloom
• Overwatering can cause fruit to crack

Direct Sowing
• Not recommended

Transplanting
• Sow seeds in trays 6-8 weeks before anticipated transplant date; transplant into 3-4 inch pots when the first set of true leaves appears
• Strong light and cooler temperatures (60-70°F) prevent plants from getting leggy
• Fertilize with Age Old Grow every 10-14 days
• When transplanting work in compost, 1/2 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer, and handful of bone meal
• Can be buried up to the top 2 sets of leaves
• Use Kozy-Coats or Victorian Bell Cloches to protect young plants

Insects & Diseases
Common insects: Flea beetles and tomato hornworms
Insect control: Pyrethrin or row cover for flea beetles, and Monterey B.t. for tomato hornworms
Common diseases: Early and late blight
Disease prevention: A strict 3-4 year rotation, remove vines at the end of the year, fungicide

Harvest & Storage
• Fruit is ripe when papery husk has dried up or folded back to reveal plump fruit
• Ripe fruit will fall to the ground
• Do not refrigerate for best flavor

Seed Count
Tomatillo: approximately 60-65 seeds per 1/8 gram, about 500 seeds per gram
Ground cherry: approximately 150 seeds per 1/8 gram, about 1200 seeds per gram; 7 grams per 1/4 ounce