Seeds - Art Pack - Purple Tomatillo OG

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Description: Deep purplish-green fruits ripen to yellow. Tomatillos are a force of nature. They grow like weeds into lush plants the size of small trees and yield huge quantities of fruit that, in the right hands, can be turned into spectacularly delicious sauces and salsas. They self-sow readily, tolerate too much water and too little, and attract the eye with their shiny leaves and ornament-like husked fruit. The purple hue of this variety makes for a show-stopping salsa that blushes at the touch of every tortilla chip.

Sprawling heavily branched plants have deep-deep-green leaves and small, pretty, brown-flecked cupped yellow flowers. Fruits start out deep purplish-green and ripen to a light yellowish-green with a large purple blush on the bottom. Flavour is great and the yield is heavy. Overloaded with fruit? Remove the husks, place them in zippered plastic bags, and store them in the fridge, they'll last several weeks.

Pack Size: 25 seeds

Germination Rate: 3 - 10 days

Days to Maturity: 65

Latin Name: Physalis ixocarpa
Main Uses: Culinary

Days to Maturity: 65 days
Exposure: Full sun
Height: 60-70 cm (24 - 30 inches)
Certified Organic: USDA Certified Organic

Germination: 13-10 days at 21 - 25° C.

Sowing: Indoors 4 - 6 weeks before planting out date. It is not recommended to start tomatillos too early, as they get leggy. Apply a kelp fertilizer such as Sea Magic™ from first watering onwards.

Planting depth: Barely covered. Spacing: 2’ inches between plants.

Harvesting: Fruits are ready when they are plump and the husks are splitting.

Growing in Containers: Not well suited for containers, except larger pots such as half barrels.

Fertilizing (Containers): After transplant, avoid high nitrogen fertilizers in favour of balanced compost - this will encourage better flower set and yield.

Watering (Containers): Water deeply when top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Check every day or two during very hot weather.

Growing in Mixed Planters: Not well suited to mixed planters.

Fertilizing (Garden): After transplant, avoid high nitrogen fertilizers in favour of balanced compost - this will encourage better flower set and yield.

Watering (Garden): Water new transplants regularly to establish roots. Once established, water deeply as required.

Garden Companions: 

Vegetable Companions: Peppers, asparagus, carrots, onions and members of the cabbage family benefit from growing near tomatillo plants.
Herb Companions: Basil, mint, chives, sage, parsley and garlic are companion plants to tomatillo. Growing fragrant herbs as companion plants to tomatillo will repel most common pests.
Flowering Companions: Tomatillo plants are known to attract bees, which are necessary for the plant to produce its fruit, beneficial flowers will increase the likelihood of pollination. Nasturtium, bee balm and marigolds are the preferred companion flowering plants for tomatillo.
Avoid: Pole Beans and Legumes. Tomatillo plants will not do well grown near plants that produce excessive nitrogen (like pole beans and legumes). Fennel and dill planted close to a tomatillo will stunt the plant's growth thereby affecting its health.

Suitability for Indoors: Not suited for indoors.

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