Single Packet of 50 Seeds
Grow a garden filled with Purple Tomatillo fruits, from freshly harvested Physalis ixocarpa seeds. Purple Tomatillo is the main ingredient in salsa verde, and is also used in other popular Mexican dishes. The fruits are roughly 2 inches in diameter, weighing in at about 2 to 3 ounces. The outer skin is purple, but turns green when cooked. Each plant will grow to a mature height of roughly 2 feet tall, producing high yields of Tomatillo fruits through the Summer months.
Purple Tomatillo is categorized as an annual variety. This means that the plants will grow quickly, producing flowers, fruits and seeds all within a single growing season. Check out our Tomatillo seed category for additional varieties, including "Ground Cherry" and "Grande Rio Verde."
Sowing The Seed
For many Northern gardeners, tomatillos are best established indoors, 6 to 8 weeks prior to the last frost. Start in peat pots, sowing each seed at a depth of 1/16” under topsoil. When the weather is warm & all danger of frost has passed, transplant or direct sow your tomatillo plants outdoors.
Tomatillos will thrive in an area of full sunlight with temperatures of at least 65F or higher. They prefer a rich soil, that is filled with organic matter. Make sure that the sowing medium is also well drained, as this is very important for a healthy root structure. Adding a light compost to areas containing hard, compact soil, can improve your drainage. Water daily with a light moisture setting to avoid drowning the seed.
Germination & Growth
Tomatillo seeds typically germinate in roughly 7 to 14 days after sowing. The plants themselves grow to a mature height of up to 2 or 3 feet tall and can spread 2 feet wide. Purple Tomatillo plants will need a small amount of area to grow and can be spaced about 24 inches apart from one another, in rows spaced 24 inches apart. The medium sized, purple fruits can be harvested in roughly 75 days.
Harvesting Purple Tomatillos
Purple Tomatillo fruits will be ready for harvesting in roughly 75 days. The fruits will develop a papery husk, and the fruits will willingly drop to the ground when they are ready to be consumed. Purple Tomatillo fruits can be stored in the fridge, in ziplock bags for a good two weeks, and can also be frozen as well.