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Purple Tomatillo, organic seeds



Traditional Mexican fruit often used to make various salsas. In Central America, it has long been cultivated in the company of "the three sisters": beans, corn and squash.

The violet tomatillo, often called “De Milpa” after an area in Mexico, produces shiny, very dark violet, 3–6 cm fruits enclosed by a papery shell . The meat has the same color, which makes the salsa dark and tasty. The fruit can be harvested before it has turned completely violet, but then it tastes more sour.

Tomatillo grows vigorously in the greenhouse, branches can take over if not pruned.

The fruits are used, in addition to salsa, also roasted, in stews and in salads. It can be stored for a few weeks in a dry place at room temperature.

Note! Tomatillo needs to be cross-fertilized and therefore requires at least two plants close to each other for fruit to form.

One portion contains 30 seeds.


Product number:7635
Scientific name:Physalis philadelphica
Botanic family:The Nightshade Family - Solanaceae
Days to maturity:70
Lifespan:Annual, Biannual
F1 Hybrid:No
New variety:No
Sowing time:Pre-cultivate: March–April
Sowing depth:1 cm
Germination temperature:23-30 degrees
Germination time:7–14 days
Plant spacing:35–55 cm
Row spacing:50–70 cm
Plant location:Sun
Seeds/g:300-350 seeds
Heirloom variety:No

Cultivation advice


Sow indoors just under 1 cm deep 7-8 weeks before setting out, in February-March for cool green houses and in March April for outdoors tomatillos! The best germination temperature is 22-26°C. Let the plants stand in a light airy place and after sprouting preferably at a temperature of 18°C. After getting a few real leaves the sprouts should be planted in pots. The temperature can now be lowered further. Temper the plants successively before setting out. Do not set the plants outdoors before the risk of nightly frost is over and the nightly temperature keeps above 7°C! Plant them a little deeper then they were in the pots and never allow them to dry out. Tomatillos get roots on the stems if they are allowed to get under the soil so overgrown plants can be planted lying with just the top above the earth. However, tomatillos which have been sown and set out too early often get disturbed while growing and that causes lanky plants and a bad crop of tomatoes. Do not hurry too much with your sowing if you do not have a really good "nursery".

Tomatillo is not self-pollinated and there need to be at least two plants for fruit to develop!


Tomatillos need a mutual distance of 35-55 cm. They do not need pinching out, but may benefit from pruning and tying up for support. 


Harvest the fruits when they fill up the husk, or when the husk bursts. If there are a lot of fruits ripening when the frost arrive, you can pull out the plants and hang upside down in a cool dry place. They will keep for a while. Otherwise keep the fruits with the husks on in room temperature or in the fridge for a few weeks.


One portion contains 30 seeds