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GoDawgs July 13, 2019 07:38 PM

Tomatillo Success
My first effort at growing these seemingly easy plants last year was a bust. They all suddenly wilted although grown in containers and with the same potting mix the tomatoes were thriving in. Go figure. As I mentioned then, I always give every new thing three tries before I give up.

This year... success! The plants aren't as nice and full as those in photos folks have posted but they're making tomatillos! variety is Everona.



And today I picked the first ones as their husks were starting to split.


Now to make some salsa verde!

JRinPA July 13, 2019 10:36 PM

I hope it was worth the wait!
Did you do anything different?

GoDawgs July 14, 2019 08:00 AM

Same growing mix, same containers, same watering and fertilizer regimen. The only difference was that they got more sun this year. Last year they were in shade until noon when the sun swung around enough to light 'em up for the rest of the day.

This year they're on the other side of the garden with some tomatoes in all day full sun. And they're sitting on pallets this year, not sitting on the ground. I can't grow tomatoes in the ground in the garden due to wilt in the soil, thus the containers. Perhaps the wilt entered last year's plants through the drain holes? I have no idea if that's possible but onto pallets they went!

I found a salsa verde recipe last night online. They all seem pretty much the same except that some roast the veggies and some don't. There are other kitchen projects lined up for today (zucchini bread, english muffin bread and putting up some pickled jalapeno slices) so the salsa will most likely happen tomorrow.

Dewayne mater July 15, 2019 05:09 PM

Chicken enchiladas with salsa verde are one of my all time favorites. Did you have a companion plant? I was told they need two plants to get tomatillos.

Worth1 July 15, 2019 05:13 PM

Fried green tomatillos you wont be sorry,

GoDawgs July 22, 2019 11:27 AM

Dewayne: Yeah, I had three plants growing right next to each other.

Worth: I guess I'll have to buy some to fry. All I got was that one batch and the plants have now been pulled up. :cry:

MuddyBuckets August 24, 2019 06:09 PM

Darn Tomatillos, 2017 2 plants, huge growth and production of fruit for 3 months, 2018 3 plants, same garden location, huge plants, lots of blooms and NOT ONE fruit, 2019 2 plants in 5 gallon bucket, 5' tall in tomato cage, some blooms, perhaps 10 fruit set and blooms falling off. What's going on with my tomatillo growing? SOS for advice

Worth1 August 24, 2019 06:42 PM

Lack of pollinators is my guess.
Grew them one year for an experiment and they are way too big to handle.
Did make some nice sweet tomatillo sauce though.
I like tomatillos but not they way they serve them in restaurants.
Too tangy and no heat.

JRinPA August 31, 2019 12:15 AM

Seems like tomatillos are hit or miss. The first year I screwed up with late start and only one plant, but last year I planted 5 in one spot and they went crazy productive...they just don't really appeal to us. They spread like crazy, too. I figure they would have grown and produced readily this year but the only time I spent on tomatillos was pulling out the volunteers for two months this spring! I put one bunch in a solo cup in case I wanted to replant some but eventually they went to compost.

oakley August 31, 2019 12:32 AM

My harvest is always unpredictable but have a couple dozen going in the smoker
tomorrow with hatch chilis, big chopped spanish onion, a couple poblanos, habaneros,
garlic. Smoked tomatillo green sauce in flat-packed zips for winter tacos.

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