Wow! A purple tomatillo! Not only delicious but attractive, too. The purple fruits are much sweeter than the green types and rich in beneficial antioxidants. Let the fruit remain on the plant as long as possible until the husk splits for the best flavor and color. Tomatillos grow best in conditions similar to tomatoes (because they are related) but will handle a lot more heat. Grow two or more plants to ensure good pollination.
• Botanical Name: Physalis philadelphica
• Days to Maturity: 70 days from transplanting
• Family: Solanaceae
• Native: Mexico, El Salvador, and Guatemala
• Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual
• Plant Dimensions: About 20" tall and wide
• Variety Information: Green, 1"–1¼" fruits turn purple and sweeter as they ripen.
• When to Sow Outside: For mild climates only: 2 to 4 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 60°F.
• When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 80° – 85°F.
• Days to Emerge: 10 Days
• Seed Depth: ¼"
• Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 36"
• Row Spacing: 36"
• Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 36"