TOMATILLO Toma Verde
The main ingredient in many mexican 'salsa verde' dishes. Grow this sweet flavorful fruit as you would a tomato. It is even more closely related to the ornamental Chinese Lantern plant. Fruit is sticky underneath the papery husks, which are discarded prior to eating. Approximately 75-90 days to maturity.
Special Directions for Short Season Climates
SOWING: Start seeds indoors, in pots, trays or flats in a warm room with plenty of bright light. Water with warm water.
THINNING: Thin when plants are about 3 inches tall. Individually pot or space 4 inches apart in flats.
TRANSPLANTING: Plant outdoors in late spring, when all danger of frost has passed and weather has warmed considerably.
SPACING: Leave 24 to 36 inches between plants.
GERMINATION: Approximately two to three weeks in the home. Keep soil temperature warm and moderately moist during germination.
Ed's Special Advice
Start tomatillo seeds indoors a week or two after you start your tomatoes. Otherwise, their vigorous growth may outpace them and grow too large prior to transplant time. Plants require caging or staking or they will sprawl along the ground. Fruit is mature when it yields slightly to the touch and develops a slightly yellow cast through the husk.