When to Plant in Spring:
- Earliest Planting Date: 2 weeks after Average Last Frost
- Latest Planting Date: 5 weeks after Average Last Frost
- Length of Planting Window: 3 weeks
- To find your Average First or Last Frost, click here and type in your zip code.
Germination: 7-14 days
Days to Maturity: 80
Preferences: moderate water, full sun, very well-draining soil
- Planting: Start your seeds indoors about 6-8 weeks before the last frost. Sow seeds ¼ inch deep. When seedlings are 4″ tall, transplant them in larger pots. Prepare young plants for garden life by placing them outdoors in a shady spot after last frost to let them acclimate to their new home. Transplant seedlings to your garden when they are 10 inches tall, spacing 2 feet apart as plants will sprawl.
- Care: Plants are bushy and may need to be caged/staked for support.
- Harvesting instructions. Harvest when fruits are green or just barely turning yellow.
- Special Instructions/Tips: Tomatillos are not self pollinating so in order to produce fruit you will need two or more plants.
- Tomatillos were grown by the Aztecs and are still popular in Latin American dishes today.
- SImilar to the closely related tomato, tomatillos are a good source of vitamin C.
- Husk your tomatillos and then enjoy them both fresh (especially in salsas), roasted, or in cooked dishes like enchiladas.