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How to Grow Tomatillos in Container Gardens


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Growing Tomatillos in Containers

Photograph © Kerry Michaels

Many people wonder how to grow tomatillos in containers. It's easy if you have sun, good potting soil, and an extra large pot. Tomatillos are not only tasty they are gorgeous and exotic looking. When the tomatillo fruit first appears it looks like a tiny Chinese lantern - delicate and translucent. And while tomatillos require similar care to tomatoes, they are more forgiving of hot or dry conditions.

Choosing a Garden Pot For Tomatillos - Tomatillos are big plants. They also need lots of water. To have the best chances for success growing tomatillos, get the biggest container you can and fill it up with soil. The more soil you use the better the moisture retention will be, and the happier the plant. One of my favorite containers to use for growing container garden vegetables is a big Smart Pot. You can use anything though that is big enough to hold at least a cubic foot of soil, and has drainage holes or that you can create drainage in. A large reusable grocery bag, a large pot would work well. Though I haven't tried it, I'm sure a grow box would be perfect.

Planting Tomatillos - Tomatillos are easy to start from seed, but it's best to start seeds indoors, about 4 weeks before the last frost, so they they seedlings are ready when the weather gets to be at least 50 °F at night.

Growing Tomatillos - These plants get big 4-5 feet tall, so you'll need to stake them, if you don't want them sprawling. I use the same kind of stakes I use for tomatoes. If you want to see how I make them, check out this video: DIY Tomato Cage.

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