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Old September 9, 2012   #1
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Default The Tale Of Two Tomatillos.

When I purchased these tomatillo plants all it said was tomatillo.

I purchased 4 of them and to my surprise I now see I have at least two distinct tomatillo plants. ( I think)

Both plants have small leaves but one has a squat flattish husk while the others have something compared to a heart shape.

I'll have to follow the vines to see where the mother plant is.

You can see in the pictures I had no idea how big these things can get.
I read about 3 feet wide and 4 feet tall and so forth but this is ridiculous.
Also you will see a picture of the tomato side of things I took this picture today 9-9-2012.
Take note the short posts are 5 feet tall on the concrete block adding another 9 inches or so.
I have no idea how tall they are but you can see them peeking above the cucumber and bean vines in the center.

I cant believe these tomatoes are still around.

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Old September 9, 2012   #2
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I.. wow.

So would you say they're easier to "over summer" than tomatoes? I was definitely told the opposite at the nursery, so I steered clear.

Why can't tomatoes be as easy to grow eggplants? I'm so tired of eggplants.
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I.. wow.

So would you say they're easier to "over summer" than tomatoes? I was definitely told the opposite at the nursery, so I steered clear.

Why can't tomatoes be as easy to grow eggplants? I'm so tired of eggplants.

"Why can't tomatoes be as easy to grow eggplants? I'm so tired of eggplants?"

I'm with ya.

As far as the tomatillos the nursery steered you wrong.

Tomatillos grow well in the heat of the summer as you can see.
I have to admit these critters I posted a picture of are pretty much neglected.
On a drip timer and a shot of Miracle Grow every month, that is it.
They grow like a weed here in Texas.
I think I will get a hundred pounds of seed and spread it in the woods and along the river banks.

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Hey Worth, maybe I have the same tomatillo as you do. I grew Cisineros. I have three containers of these plants in different location around my house. The ones on the balconey is the healthiest. The two others are shrivelling up and dying, for reasons I don't know. I hope I can get a taste of these things soon.
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I.. wow.

So would you say they're easier to "over summer" than tomatoes? I was definitely told the opposite at the nursery, so I steered clear.

Why can't tomatoes be as easy to grow eggplants? I'm so tired of eggplants.
i would like to be plagued with eggplant as i struggle getting any. i tried 6 varieties and only got a fewwwwwww. the remaining plants are in pots and are producing zero, nada, zilch, nyet, nicht. ENVY. JON
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I successfully grew tomatillos last year and they were out of control. I have noticed that they easily self seed, as I have volunteers in that bed.

I didn't grow them this year, and regret it.

Next year, I shall plant them out of the way, with support.
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Old September 10, 2012   #7
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Hear, hear for guerrilla gardening! We have a beautiful creekside forest running trail next to our neighborhood... that's chock full of giant ragweed. I've been trying to figure out what I could seed that wouldn't be invasive, but would still survive in the wild...

Peppero, I can try to give you some tips, but I honestly don't do much but plant the darn things, and occasionally use insecticidal soap and flowing water for spider mites, aphids, and flea beetles. I always overplant because I'm paranoid and then give baskets away to the food bank every week. There's only so many ways you can eat eggplant..

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I planted one tomatillo, which grew, but never set fruit. do you need to plant more than one?
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I planted one tomatillo, which grew, but never set fruit. do you need to plant more than one?
Yep.
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I grew a stand alone tomatillo last year that had loads of fruit. Maybe it depends on the variety?
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I grew 2 of the same var and they produced very well . tags did not have var name on them!!
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Worth, my PC wouldn't open your attachments for some reason?

EDIT: I didn't look at when this tread began.
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Worth, my PC wouldn't open your attachments for some reason?

EDIT: I didn't look at when this tread began.
A whole boat load of pictures got deleted some time ago.
I sucks because I cant go back and put them in again.
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