tomatillo - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by jeptch
July 8, 2005
I'm trying tomatillos for the first time this year. The plant has lots of flowers, but no fruit. Does this plant need a companion plant to produce? I have only one that lived of the three I planted.

Answer from NGA
July 8, 2005
Tomatillos hve the same cultural requirements as tomatoes - warmth, lots of sunshine, and water as required. If your plant is flowering, and there is insect activity (only one plant is required - flying insects will transfer the pollen from one open flower to the next. The petals will fall and a flower part called a "calyx" becomes enlarged as a loose, papery husk. Physalis ixocarpa (tomatillo, pronounced tom a teeyo) is an annual plant. The fruit usually swells to fill the papery calyx, which is removed before cooking. It's usually picked when green and tart and used frequently in Mexican food. It can also be picked when yellow to purple colored, when it is much sweeter. Give your tomatillo plant some time to develop the fruit. I'm sure it will. Enjoy!

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