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Old July 17, 2014   #1
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In a post here I told about us planting two tomatillo plants back in spring. One was dark green and the other a light green. We planted them 3 foot apart and supplied a simple support for wind protection more than anything else. Just strings between wooden stakes.

Beside the tomatillos, I planted a row of dwarf French marigolds. I learned from organic sites that bugs hate marigolds, so I planted a couple seed packs worth.

I don't know how tomatillos are supposed to grow, but those two plants are 3 foot high and both (Together) are 8 feet long by 8 feet wide and are producing tomatillos by the hundreds. They have limbs that go past the 8'x8' size, but the main bush is difficult to reach into now. I am wondering if this is normal or odd?
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Old July 19, 2014   #2
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I am not an expert on tomatillos and just happy that my plants will bear fruit at all. I had some very good fruits from a few plants that grew about three feet tall previously. My currrent plants are about that high now and have lots of flowers but no fruit yet. Sounds like your plants are doing better. When you look at a commercial tomatillo field, they have some huge plants.
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Old July 19, 2014   #3
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Here in Virginia, tomatillos regularly grow 5-6' tall when we provide trellising, and one year a neighbor of ours had hers grow to be 10' tall -- something about the cool, wet summer weather that year made them especially tall!
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I use 7 foot tall "T" posts...they sprawl, they fall, they crowd out their neighbors. I spend half my time in the garden tying them up..Tomatoes on crack. And they are about 3 feet wide tied up the pole. Can't kill 'em, want to kill them some days. I joked about crossing them with tomatoes (cannot do) but that would be a killer tomato plant!
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We do have a lot of bees for pollination here.

5', 6' and 7' tall! wow! They say each plant can produce up to around 800 tomatillos.

HiPoha, I looked online, and yes, tomatillo plants of all sizes. Hawaii cool.
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Yes my tomatoillos always get to the 6-7' range and produce fruits like crazy. Last year we made somewhere in the neighborhood of 3 gallons of roasted tomatillo salsa. I always grow my plants in pairs. 2 plants is always enough for us.
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