Learn everything you need to know about growing tomatillos, from sun requirements to pests and harvesting tips.

Soil

What soil is good for Tomatillo?

Well draining soil with compost mixed in.

Position

How much sun does Tomatillo need?

Full sun

Frost Tolerant

Is Tomatillo frost tolerant?

No

Spacing

How much space does Tomatillo need?

Roughly 1m apart

Planting

When should I plant Tomatillo?

Start seeds indoors in late winter, plant seedlings out in spring once the danger of frost has passed. Best planted when soil temperatures reach roughly 21°C (70°F). 

If transplanting seedlings, plant out in the early morning or evening and/or on an overcast day. Avoid planting at peak sun times or on windy days, this will allow your plants to settle in comfortably and protect them from windburn and sunburn.

Feeding

What do I feed Tomatillo?

Apply an organic fertiliser throughout the season.

Harvesting

When can I harvest Tomatillo?

As soon as the dry exterior splits and turns a tan colour, it is time for harvest. 

Pests

What pests does Tomatillo get?

Aphids, Slugs, Snails, Tomato fruit worm, Potato Beetle, Leafminer, Root Knot Nematode, White Fly, Spider Mite

Diseases

What diseases does Tomatillo get?

Anthracnose, Bacterial Leaf Spot, Mosaic Virus, Bacterial Wilt

Troubleshooting

How do I troubleshoot my growing problems?

It’s best not to eat unripe Tomatillos. All parts of the plant except for the ripe fruit are poisonous, it’s important to wash the fruit well before eating. 

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