Growing tomatillos for the first time
- AmyH Jul 22, 2014 09:05 AM
I bought a 6-pack of tomatillo plants this year to fill up some extra garden space. I gave my friend 2 and planted 4 myself. Neither of us has grown them before and were both surprised that they made lots of little papery balloons. Can someone tell me if the fruit will eventually grow inside the papery balloons and how long that might take? I read on another thread that you need more than one plant for them to "fruit" but I don't know if, since they came in a 6 pack and were presumably from the same batch of seeds, they are genetically different enough to actually fruit or if the little balloons will be sterile.
Yes, the fruit should grow to fill up the balloons. Could take a month or so, at least based on my experience with two plants on my deck. This year I have two plants in my veg garden and the balloons are present but not yet filled with fruit.
I don't think the fact that your plants came from the same pack should matter but I don't know for sure.
I ended up making this tomatillo chicken stew:
It was delicious and I highly recommend it. But I ended up actually having to buy more tomatillos to make it. Also, it turned out to be a nice day that would have been good for grilling. So I should have made this:
which I've made before and is a family favorite.
Well, the tomatillos are still growing so I'll make that next time.