How to grow tomatillos in containers

Growing tomatillos in containers is very easy if you actually have sun, good potting soil, and an extra large pot. Without been told tomatillos are not only tasty and make fabulous salsa, they are also beautiful and exotic looking. The flowers of the plant are pretty yellow, and when the tomatillo fruit first appears it really looks like a tiny Chinese lantern: delicate and translucent. Despite the fact that they require similar care like tomatoes, they are also much more forgiving. Tomatillos plants are fairly drought and heat-tolerant and they are also much less susceptible to blights and fungus.

Choosing a Container

 Actually tomatillos plants are big, sprawling plants. The plant needs lots of water. To get the best result in growing tomatillos, you need to get the biggest container and then fill it up with a good quality potting soil. You will actually want to use a large pot, because the more potting soil you use the better the moisture retention will be, and the happier the tomatillos plant will become. Also, you can use any container that is big enough to hold at least a cubic foot of soil and that has drainage holes. A large reusable grocery bag or any large conventional flower pot can also work better. On the other hand, growing tomatillos plant in a grow box makes it really easier to keep the plants hydrated.

Planting the tomatillo seeds

 Actually tomatillos are very easy to start from seed, although if you live in a colder climate it is highly recommended that you start your tomatillos seeds indoors about 4 weeks before the last frost. That way the tomatillos seedlings will be ready to harden off and then plant when the weather gets to be at least fifty degrees Fahrenheit at night. If you purchase seedlings, plant them after you have hardened them off, make sure to plant them in a way the crown of the tomatillos plant (where the plant meets the soil and the roots start) is at the same level as it was in the nursery container.

Tomatillos Growing Conditions

You will actually want to plant your tomatillos in a spot that gets about 6 hours of direct sunlight a day. Also, these plants grow four to five feet tall so you will need a fairly large area to grow them. It is strongly advised to stake or corral them if you don’t really want them sprawling. You can use the same kind of stakes that is use for tomatoes. These plants are large and vigorous plants so they actually need a lot of water. You can put the plants close to a water source or ensure that your hose will reach your containers; or else you will be carrying lots of water. If you are actually using a grow box, make sure you follow the directions for the addition of fertilizer. If you are using a conventional pot you can mix a slow release fertilizer into the potting soil, following the directions on the bag or box. Tomatillos plants actually grow fine without additional fertilizer.

How to Harvest Tomatillos

You can easily harvest your tomatillos before the husks turn yellow. You can harvest them by pinching the fruit and picking it when it has almost filled the husk, it should be done before it got so big that it can explode the jacket. The tomatillos at this point comes with a very rich green color.

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