Tomatillo help

  • Tomatillo help

    Posted by Emil on August 21, 2023 at 2:37 pm

    I started with 2 plants one died.The plant all the way to the right is original. The other plants are all ones started by seed.

    Plenty of bees. Any advice on care?

    Emil replied 8 months ago 6 Members · 14 Replies
  • 14 Replies
  • EvW

    Member
    August 21, 2023 at 6:33 pm

    Can pollinators access the plants?

    • Emil

      Member
      August 21, 2023 at 11:26 pm

      Yes. They are all over them . Maybe I’m just impatient. 1st time I’ve actually had them grow. Not sure what to expect .

  • 1898_Homestead

    Member
    August 22, 2023 at 7:15 pm

    Do they need to be in your hoop house? What region are you in? I’m in Nebraska 5B and planted ours right into the ground mid April from seedlings we started.

    • Emil

      Member
      August 22, 2023 at 10:10 pm

      Not sure it’s been so hot here the shade seems to help. It just started to cool down this week. I could move them . In Nj 6B . I bought the 1st plants. The other ones didn’t get started till much later. I guess next year I’ll try outside. To be honest I didn’t have any luck at all last year starting them. I’ll move them & see if it helps . Thank you

  • HilltopHomeplace

    Member
    August 24, 2023 at 4:18 am

    I’m not sure if I’m understanding right, but I’ll give you my thoughts. You said that you had 2 plants, but one died. I do know that you have to have at least 2 tomatillos growing by each other in order to get fruit because they pollinate each other. I started with four last year but only one survived. It was beautiful and bloomed like crazy, but never made the first fruit. This year I had two and was able to make salsa verde, lol.

    You mentioned the others that started from seed, but I can’t tell how far along they are. If all goes well, they should give you some fruit. I wish you the best. Hope that helps.

    • Emil

      Member
      August 24, 2023 at 2:03 pm

      So the 2nd plants got started July 20. It only took a couple days. I put them in damp paper towel in a ziploc on top of an incubator. It worked ! Thank you To the Old Alabama gardener video.

      Went to move & pollinate yesterday. Found this

      • Emil

        Member
        August 24, 2023 at 2:06 pm

        It’s about the size of my pinky.

    • Truth-be-Told-by1

      Member
      August 26, 2023 at 9:13 pm

      Glad for the info

      • Emil

        Member
        August 26, 2023 at 9:25 pm

        ☺️me 2

  • onlyjesus

    Member
    August 24, 2023 at 2:31 pm

    Mine were 1/2 inch round.

    • Emil

      Member
      August 24, 2023 at 5:44 pm

      These are small about the size of a pea. I guess I’ll have to be patient.💕

      • HilltopHomeplace

        Member
        August 25, 2023 at 3:45 am

        They’ll get bigger. They actually just hang there empty like paper balloons for a while, then the tomatillo forms inside it later. Pretty interesting. So glad you’re having results.

      • Emil

        Member
        August 25, 2023 at 11:41 am

        Thanks. To be honest . I was so happy to just start them from seeds. I feel more confident for next year. ☺️I’ll post a pic if they grow up☺️

      • Emil

        Member
        September 27, 2023 at 9:28 pm

        Thanks to everyone who helped. There’s still

        Some more on the plants. But i’m not sure i’ll get more than another round. Happy to have even gotten this many. Look forward to trying again next year & hope to improve. I think the biggest things i learned is these are delicate plants!

        And next to Borage i’ve never seen so many pollinators!!

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