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Tomatillo 'Purple Tomatillo'  

Physalis ixocarpa

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'Purple Tomatillo' is a Tomatillo variety in the Physalis genus with a scientific name of Physalis ixocarpa. 'Purple Tomatillo' is considered a heirloom cultivar. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Pansy purple.

This is an heirloom variety of tomatillo which is very rare. It can bear 2-4 oz. fruits. This tomatillo can be used to make salsa verde.

It is an Fruit and is treated mainly as a Annual, This means that it grows best over the course of a single year. Purple Tomatillo is known for growing with a spreading habit to a height of approximately 1.20 metres (that's 3.90 feet in imperial).

Mexico is believed to be where Purple Tomatillo originates from.

Purple Tomatillo Tomatillo needs a moderate amount of maintenance, so some level of previous experience comes in handy when growing this plant. Ensure that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for this plant and keep an eye out for pests.

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How to grow Purple Tomatillo

  • Full Sun

  • High

Does not self pollinate, so plant at least two plants.

Position in a full sun location and remember to water often. Keep in mind when planting that Purple Tomatillo is thought of as tender, so it is really important to plant out well after your last frost date. Use USDA Hardiness Zone 5 - 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Ideally plant in loamy soil and try to keep the ph of your soil between the range of 6.0 and 7.0 as Purple Tomatillo likes to be in weakly acidic soil to neutral soil.

Growing Purple Tomatillo from seed

Sow at a depth of approx. 0.58 inches (1.5 cm) and aim for a distance of at least 2.47 feet (76.0 cm) between Tomatillo plants. Soil temperature should be kept higher than 24°C / 75°F to ensure good germination.

Transplanting Purple Tomatillo

Needs well-drained soil. Plan to support the plants to keep fruit off the ground. Plants will get 3-4 feet tall and at least as wide.

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Purple Tomatillo is a tender plant.

Harvesting Purple Tomatillo

Pick fruits when the husk starts to split and fruit fills out the husk.

Purple Tomatillo folklore & trivia

Will do well in raised gardens.

Latest Tomatillo 'Purple Tomatillo' Reviews

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