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Old May 18, 2016   #1
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Hard to find pics of problems of Tomatillos (probably because they are so easy... heh), but wondering if anyone has any ideas.

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The last picture in the link shows a few white dots that are probably some insect with a proboscis that has sucked the fluids out of the leaf at those points. Spray something for critters like stink bugs, etc.
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I forgot this one in the link...

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Tomatillos generally have a slightly lighter color of green to their foliage. So, beyond what I posted above, I can't find anything else wrong. Perhaps you could tell us what your concerns are and we wouldn't have to do anymore guessing about what you need.
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Tomatillos generally have a slightly lighter color of green to their foliage. So, beyond what I posted above, I can't find anything else wrong. Perhaps you could tell us what your concerns are and we wouldn't have to do anymore guessing about what you need.
Well, the color is basically coming out of the leaves starting at the tip and working its way back - that didn't seem normal to me. But then again, I thought I'd post a pic and see if anyone else thought it looked off...

The last photo shows a few of the leaves with this gradation in color front and center, with another tomatillo to the left with much darker green leaves without the change in color over the length of the leaf. Of the two of three plants this is affecting noticeably (center and right in the last pic) it is virtually all leaves except the very new growth. Also, the plant that has still retained a darker green color to the left has set fruit, where as the other two have not.
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Tomatillos, for me anyway, are a weedy mass that i ignore. They sprawl and always look like they are struggling. Not even a natural plant for the NEast cool climate. No mater the season, they thrive every year, and i find massive harvest come late August-Sept. Just when everything is dying off, they are droopy leafed survivors.
Similar with cucumbers when the plants look leggy and scrawny i find dozens of fruit tangled around the beans.
Disease is rare for me. And must add they never look 'healthy' like tomato concerns.

I'll watch your search if you do find it is something to look out for.
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The leaf color looks normal to me...

In a few weeks, when the plants really start flowering, you can expect some of the leaves to turn yellow to match the color of the flower petals. I think of that as the plants way of attracting more pollinators.
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I agree, the leaves will look off in color, but the plants will produce a lot tomatillos.
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Growing husk tomatoes and tomatillos side by side this year,they are planted out already, neither are liking this cold weather...
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The only other thing that comes to my mind is too much fertilizer. Overfertilization shows up as the outer edges of the foliage will start turning a lighter color that decreases in "lightness" as you move away from the edges. The only help for this that I know of is to make sure of good drainage and wash out the soil with lots of water. If the plant is in a container, you can repot it with fresh mix.

If the plant is in the soil, wash out becomes a real problem. In a well tilled garden, you can try removing as much of the soil around the plant base as is possible and then bring in soil or mix that you know hasn't been fertilized. With your raised beds, this is possible.

Even in perfectly normal growth, there will be a noticeable difference in the foliage colors between the edges of the leaves and the point on the leaf where the leaf stem connects. Your whole garden looks very healthy.
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