The information on this page applies to seedlings sold by LEAF Nursery during our 2021 Seedling Sale.
Physalis philadelphica. From a strain that grows wild in Mexican farm fields on big sprawling plants. The 3/4" husked fruits blush purple near or after harvest time. Smaller but stronger in flavor that store-bought tomatillos, the fruit stores well and is great for salsa.
Easy to Grow
Annual in USDA hardiness zones 4-12, perennial in zones 10-11
sandy, well-drained loam, pH between 6.0-7.0
Days to Maturity
Additional instructions: Tomatillos are highly self-incompatible so grow 2 or more plants to get any fruit. If you’re saving seeds, don't worry: the tomatillo will not cross-pollinate with your tomato plants. Make sure to stake or cage growing tomatillos like you would tomato plants. Providing support encourages upright growth, so disease doesn’t get picked up by sprawled vines. With support, you can also avoid crowding out nearby plants and keep your garden looking tidy. 
Harvesting instructions: Pick when firm. Remove papery husk and rinse off sticky residue. Pick continuously as plants will continue to produce fruit until frost. Fully ripened tomatillos are yellow and usually have lost the desired citrusy flavor.