Tomatillo Fruit

First year lessons growing Tomatillos . . .

This was my first year growing Tomatillos. I had grown Tomatoes for years, but never it’s relative, Tomatillos. Both are members of the nightshade family and require similar growing conditions, such as full sun and warm temperatures. I quickly learned Tomatillos are much easier to grow than Tomatoes. Tomatoes are notorious for succumbing to blossom end rot in the Pacific Northwest. Tomatillos can get blossom end rot too, but their tolerance is much higher to poor soil conditions. Tomatoes also need plenty of space for their roots. Tomatillos don’t seem to mind sharing the soil with other plants. Both Tomatoes and Tomatillos grow well in containers early in the season and both perform better in the ground late in the season.

Will my Tomatillo plants ever produce fruit?

After wondering if my Tomatillos would ever produce Tomatillo fruits, I finally saw one of the empty husks I read about. That’s exactly what I was looking for, big fluffy balloons! Eventually those empty husks should fill up with Tomatillo fruit for sauces and salsa.

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It didn’t take long before all of my plants were covered with big beautiful Tomatillo husks! What a relief.

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After reading about the empty husks that form before the fruit on Tomatillos, I was curious about the fruit inside of the husks on my Tomatillos. Here’s what I found after opening one of the empty husks. Yes, it was small, but it was fantastic!

The promise of Tomatillo fruit . . .

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Male flowers . . .

Tomatillos require a male and female flower to reproduce. The remnants of a male flower are shown below.

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If you’re wondering if your Tomatillos will ever produce fruit, don’t worry. As long as you planted at least two plants to cross pollinate, you will have Tomatillo fruits.