The quick and convenient step by step guide to growing your Purple Tomatillos!
Though the tomatillo (to-ma-TEE-yo) is distantly related to the tomato and is grown in a similar way, the likeness ends there. Tomatillos originally grew wild in the fields of Central America, and became a common ingredient in local cuisine. These fruits have a tart, distinctive flavor and can be used either raw or cooked. Many traditional Mexican foods such as salsa, guacamole, and gazpacho include tomatillos as a main ingredient. Tomatillos grow best in hot sun and well-drained, somewhat rich soil. This plant should be provided with a trellis or support, since this protects it from various pests and diseases in connection with too much soil contact. Put the supports in place before the seedlings develop vines. As the vines begin to grow, tying them to the support helps their development.
How to Grow Purple Tomatillos
#1 | Start the seed indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost of spring, sowing the seeds in a flat 1/4" deep and 1" apart.
# 2 | Start the seed indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost of spring, sowing the seeds in a flat 1/4" deep and 1" apart.
# 3 | When the second set of leaves emerges, transplant the seedlings into individual pots; bury the stems up to the lowest set of leaves to grow strongly rooted plants.
# 4 | A week before planting the seedlings outside, begin exposing them to the weather during the day to harden them; tomatoes cannot endure cold weather, and should not be transplanted outside until all threat of frost has passed.
# 5 | plant the seedlings in full sun and very rich soil; once more, bury the entire stem up to the lowest set of leaves.