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Tomatillos not fruiting!

thunderbug84 Jul 30, 2009 09:34 AM

I have a series of long planters and I have peppers, several tomato plants, a lemon tree and a tomatillo plant. Everything is doing extremely well, especially the tomatillo. Its really tall, it looks really healthy and it flowers often. The only problem is that I havent seen any sign of fruiting yet! I've never grown tomatillos before so I'm not sure what is going on. Should I have planted more than one for cross pollination? Any info would be fantastic. Thanks!

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    jlafler RE: thunderbug84 Jul 30, 2009 12:57 PM

    If you look at other gardening forums, you will find that a lot of people think that tomatillos don't self-pollinate.

    On the other hand, I'm growing a single tomatillo, and I've got plenty of fruit on my plant -- I've probably gotten 5 pounds of tomatillos off it so far this season, and it's still going strong. It's possible that one of my neighbors is growing tomatillos and that's how it's getting pollinated, but given the number of fruits on the plant I think it must be self-pollinating.

    Some people also report that tomatillos flower early without setting fruit, and then start to bear fruit later in the summer.

    If I were you, I'd do one of two things: a) wait to see if the tomatillo starts bearing, and if not, try planting two next year; or b) plant a second plant now and see if that helps. The problem with choice b is that if you do start getting fruit you won't know if it's the second plant or the seasonal thing that made the difference.

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