The Q&A Archives: Tips for Tomatillos

Question: Last year I grew one tomatillo plant and 8 tomatoes in the same row. There were plenty of tomatoes to pick and lots of flowers on the tomatillo plant, which grew enormous - but there were no tomatillo fruits. What's wrong here? Andy Mills NorthEaston, MA

Answer: Tomatilloes like hot, dry weather and last summer was a bit cool and cloudy in New England. They also need a long growing season. Start them indoors when you start tomatoes, move them outdoors when the weather is warm (June) and give them full sun, water and a shoveful of compost and they should mature by September. Plant a few plants to insure success and keep them warm with row covers and black plastic mulch.

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