Tomatillo, Purple (Physalis ixocarpa) - 30 Seeds
•American grown seeds
•USDA Zones: 3-12
A member of the tomato family, this vibrant violet tomatillo is our favorite here at Southern. With its rich color and sweet fruity flavor, it has become a staple in most of our dishes that call for tomatillos. This purple variety produces an abundance of small husk tomatoes... basically small tomatoes covered in a papery husk. They can handle the heat of summer and take about 90 days.
Start the seed indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost of spring, sowing the seeds in a flat 1/4" deep and 1" apart. Keep the temperature at 70-75 degrees F until germination, as well as providing adequate light in a sunny window or under a grow light; keep the soil moist, but make sure drainage is adequate. When the second set of leaves emerges, transplant the seedlings into individual pots; bury the stems up to the lowest set of leaves to grow strongly rooted plants. A week before planting the seedlings outside, begin exposing them to the weather during the day to harden them; tomatoes cannot endure cold weather, and should not be transplanted outside until all threat of frost has passed. When the soil temperature reaches at least 70 degrees F, plant the seedlings in full sun and very rich soil; once more, bury the entire stem up to the lowest set of leaves.
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