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Tomatillo Seeds - Purple

Botanical - Physalis philadelphica


Seed Count:
40 Seeds
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40 Seeds.

Other Names - Physalis, Cape Gooseberry, Inca Berry, Golden Berry...

Tomatillo purple produces an abundance of small round purple fruits encased in a beautiful papery husk. Tomatillo is a savoury vegetable similar in taste to green unripe tomato's and can be used in pasta sauces, chutneys, salsa's and traditionally Mexican dishes. It is an easy vegetable to grow and very productive. At the end of the season the fruits can be stored and will keep for several weeks.

  • A vigorous and prolific plant producing purple coloured savoury fruit.
  • Easy to grow.
  • Great for making chutneys and salsa's.

Suitable For - Vegetable plot, raised beds, container garden

Sowing Months - February - March

Harvest - August - first frost

Gardening is about finding the right balance! Try growing Companion Plants close by to help deter pests.

  • Amaranth is a great plant for attracting the ground beetle into the area. This predatory beetle eats slugs, snails, slug and snail eggs, caterpillars and weed seed.
  • One of the best plants for attracting pollinating insects is the Phacelia. It also attracts aphid eating insects such as ladybirds and lacewings. At the end of the season it can be dug into the soil as a green manure.
  • Aphids are attracted to nasturtiums. Grow these flowers close by as a sacrificial plant. If there are aphids in the area the nasturtiums will help to draw the pests away from the crop.
  • Low growing Limnanthes helps to keep the surrounding soil moist, supresses weed growth, attracts bees and hoverflies who's larvae feed on aphids. The plant can be dug in as green manure at the end of the season.
  • Calendula (Pot marigold) is a magnet for attracting beneficial predator insects into the garden, insects such as lacewings, ladybirds and hoverflies who feast on aphids.

Soil Preperation

Add a generous amount of well rotted manure or compost to the soil a few months before planting. Remove any weeds and 1 - 2 weeks before planting apply some general purpose organic fertilizer to the area.

General InformationSowing & Planting Information
Habit Annual Module Grown & Transplants
Type Heritage variety Distance between plants 65 cm
Position Full sun Distance between rows 65 cm
Average height 150 cm Direct Sowing
Average spread 80 cm Sowing distance between plants N/A
Hardiness Tender Distance between rows N/A
Overwintering No Sowing depth 0.5 cm - 1cm
Soil Ph 6.5 - 7.0 Germination temperature 25 to 30℃
    Days to germination 7 - 14 days

Sowing Guide

Early Sowing/Module Sowing

Sow 2 seeds per 4 cm module. Ensure enough heat is introduced to allow for fast germination. As soon as the germination starts move to an area with good daylight exposure, a warm windowsill or heated greenhouse is ideal.
When the seedlings are big enough to handle thin to one strong seedling per module. After 3 - 4 weeks re - pot into 5 - 7 cm pots. Sink the seedlings so that its lowest leaves are just above compost level. Roots will grow out of the sunken stem which will strengthen the plant.
Firm the compost around each seedling and water well. Place the plants in a warm area with good daylight exposure. 2 - 3 weeks later re - pot into 8 - 10 cm pots (sink the stem once again).
If plants are to be grown undercover plant out into their final growing position in late April / May. Plant outdoor grown tomatillo's when all risk of frost has passed. Harden off over 7 - 10 days first to help reduce shock.

Direct Sowing

Tomatillo's need a substantial amount of heat to germinate and develop. For this reason it is not advisable to sow direct in the ground.

Growing On

If planting outdoors in the ground plant at the distance suggested above. Newly planted outdoor plants will benefit from a covering of horticultural fleece or a cloche until growth is strong. For container grown tomatillos, plant one tomatillo in a 20 - 30 cm pot with good quality compost and some vermiculite. For growbags, plant 2 tomatillos per growbag. Sink a strong cane near the stem to support the plant as it grows bigger.
Water well and often in hot weather especially if growing in containers or growbags. Lack of water will reduce the yield significantly. Tomatillos do not require as much feeding as tomato plants however pot grown plants especially will benefit from a regular liquid feed to top up the nutrients. Homemade organic liquid fertilizer can easily be made from steeping the leaves of the comfrey plant for a few days. The rich fertilizer produced is ideal for fruiting plants.
Plants grown direct in the ground or in growbags should not require extra feeding however if growth is slow, liquid feed every 10 - 14 days after flowers have formed. The stem of the tomatillo plants are very floppy and will need to be tied frequently to supports.
Tomatillos are indeterminate (just like tall growing tomato varieties) where the side shoots can be pinched out so the plant grows tall rather than wide. However if preferred, and enough room is available the side shoots can be left to grow and the plant will naturally develop into a bush. If grown as an indeterminate, when the plant reaches the top of the support or greenhouse pinch out the growing point. For tomatillo plants to successfully produce fruits there must be at least 2 plants growing close together and the flowers must be pollinated by insects.


Harvest in autumn when the surrounding paper like casing has changed colour from green to beige and the fruits will have almost filled the casing. Harvest by cutting individual fruits carefully with scissors.
It is best to leave the paper casing on the fruits, this will help to store the tomatillo. All of the fruits should be picked before the first autumn frost arrives. The fruit will store at room temperature in dry conditions for about 3 - 4 weeks.


Try growing lavender in containers. When tomatillo plants start to flower position a few lavender plants close by to attract pollinating insects. Move the perennial lavender to other areas of the garden as and when needed.

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