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Tomatillo Tomato

Lycopercium

Growing Zones  9-11
  • Height:        3-4ft
  • Width:         36-48″
  • Spacing:     24-36″
  • Design:        
  • Bloom Time: Spring to Summer
  • Location: Full sun
  • Water:  Average-consistent
  • Habit: Vine

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Description

Heirloom. Needs 2 or more plants for pollination. Adds sweet and sour flavor for great Mexican cooking.Heirloom. Very easy to grow. This is not a tomato, but is a relative with a very tart, unique flavor that is the key ingredient in salsa verde. Tomatillo is a round, green fruit produced inside a papery husk, which also earns it the name husk tomato. The papery husk is removed before eating. The fruit is used while it is still a green color. If you open the husk and it has begun to turn yellow, it is actually past its prime. A popular Mexican and Southwestern ingredient for sauces and salads. You will need two or more tomatillo plants for the blooms to be pollinated and fruit to be produced.

Dandelions are another good plant to have in your tomato patch believe it or not. Tomatoes are susceptible to fusarium wilt, which is a soil borne fungal disease and dandelions can help keep this in check.Plant tomatoes along side of radishes, spinach, lettuce and turnips to help shade them from the hot sun. Though there is some debate, cabbage and cauliflower may benefit from having tomatoes close because they discourage flea beetles from nibbling. Some sources will contend that planting cabbage with tomatoes will hinder the growth of the tomatoes. Most gardening requires some trial and error to figure out what works best for your environment. Tomatoes are also helpful in repelling asparagus beetles.Good plants to pair with tomatoes are basil, carrots, chamomile and marigolds but keep them separate from fennel and potatoes.