Grow Tomatillos – Plant Ground Cherry Tomatillo Seeds
Ground Cherry Tomatillo, also known as Cape Gooseberry or Golder Berry, produces fruits about 1″ during the Summer months.
Name:Tomatillo Seeds – Ground Cherry
Botanical Name:Lycopersicon esculentum
Light Requirement:Full Sun
Planting Season:Warm Season
Features:Open Pollinated, Drought Tolerant, Container Garden
Fruit Size:4 oz
Days to Maturity:60-90 Days
Plant Spacing:18-36 inches
Planting Depth:1/4-1/2 inch
Sowing Method:Start Indoors
Seeds per Packet:300 mg
Hardiness Zones:3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
How to Grow Ground Cherry Tomatillos
When to Plant Tomatillo Seeds
You can start tomatillo indoors or go straight to your garden bed.
If starting indoors, plant 4-6 weeks before the last killing frost. Transplanting is best done 1 to 2 weeks after the average date of the last frost for your region.
If starting in your garden bed, wait 1-2 weeks after the last killing frost to plant.
Where to Plant Tomatillo Seeds
If planting directly in your garden, choose area that has plenty of light and well draining soil.
How to Plant Tomatillo Seeds
Planting in a growing tray for indoor start: Fill each spot with soil leaving a quarter inch at the top. Put 2-3 seeds per container then sprinkle soil on top. Keep soil moist but not soaked. Once plants start forming, more water can be applied. Keep in area that allows for plenty of sunlight and rotate regularly.
Directly planting in garden: Plant in rows with 2-3 seeds per section with about 2′ separation from next section. Add stakes as needed to keep plants upright.
How to Harvest Tomatillos
Tomatillos produce a papery outer shell when growing. When the tomatillos outer husk begins to crack, you can begin harvesting. Check for mold or disease before harvesting and remove those fruits for compost.