Purple Tomatillo Seeds


This packet yields approximately 78 plants when started indoors.
4 out of 5 stars
(3 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
Wow! A purple tomatillo! Not only delicious but attractive, too. The purple fruits are much sweeter than the green types and rich in beneficial antioxidants. Let the fruit remain on the plant as long as possible until the husk splits for the best flavor and color. Tomatillos grow best in conditions similar to tomatoes (because they are related) but will handle a lot more heat. Grow two or more plants to ensure good pollination.
$2.69 150 mg (~80 seeds)

Botanical Name: Physalis philadelphica

Days to Maturity: 70 days from transplanting

Family: Solanaceae

Native: Mexico, El Salvador, and Guatemala

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual

Plant Dimensions: About 20" tall and wide

Variety Information: Green, 1"–1¼" fruits turn purple and sweeter as they ripen.

When to Sow Outside: For mild climates only: 2 to 4 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 60°F.

When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 80° – 85°F.

Days to Emerge: 10 Days

Seed Depth: ¼"

Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 36"

Row Spacing: 36"

Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 36"

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Purple Tomatillo Seeds Reviews

3 reviews

Grows fast

3 out of 5 stars Sep 26, 2021
Never turned purple, but I planted late and had to harvest earlier than I would have liked - very tall, needs deep container or support. Had lots of fruit so became top heavy and stalks broke. Fruit not very large either. Made great green sauce though.
Barbara from CO

Delicious and beautiful

5 out of 5 stars Nov 10, 2021
These are already on the to grow again next year list. I realized that I forgot to start the seeds indoors and planted the seeds later than I should have outside. They took off and took over the raised bed, loving true compost filled soil. I did NOTHING but water from there. Plentiful? You bet! They also have a habit of falling off so check the soil surrounding plants. We have blistered under the broiler and used in sauces and salsas. Some husks split open and the sun turn the exposed skin purple. I cooked with both ripe (purple) and I ripe (green) and all have been delicious! I have only a handful left and am already deciding where to plant next year.
Kim from NJ

Got to flowering stage

4 out of 5 stars Jan 17, 2022
I'm stuck doing container gardening as I'm in an apartment. Got to flowering stage, but not fruit - but only my eggplant got that far. 2021 was brutal for growing stuff. Also pest/disease issue. But I consider getting to flowering stage successful in the hadean hellscape that is zone 10. The stalks were sturdy, so would have been able to carry fruit if it had got that far.
Are from CA
Owner Response: Hi Are, Thank you for your feedback. Tomatillos, peppers, tomatoes, and eggplants are crops that are important to start indoors so they get a good head start and can produce in time. I just wanted to make sure you also saw that having more than one tomatillo plant is important for pollination and fruit set.

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