Organic Purple Tomatillo - Physalis philadelphica
This rare tomatillo is absolutely gorgeous as both a plant and a fruit. Oh, and the sweet scrumptious taste! The leaves of the plant have striking purple veins. The decorative husks are light green to tan. The purple fruits gain more color after husks are removed. The fruits are sweeter than the green variety. Makes an exquisitely beautiful salsa. Also great in a variety of soups, sauces and stews and is a wonderful garnish.
- Sun: Full
- Indoors: 6-8 weeks before last frost
- Direct Sow: No
- Seed Count: 25
- Days to Maturity: 68-70
- Plant Size: 3'-4'
Keep soil moist while seeds are germinating. Do not plant seeds too early, may become leggy and/or root-bound. Harden off transplants and add compost before planting. If necessary, use row cover to protect from cold weather. In hot climates, afternoon shade is recommended.
Seeds should be planted indoors and kept in a dome with a heated mat for 4-8 weeks.
It is key that your new starts be hardened off. This is a process that requires taking them outside during the day, for a period of time, before they are planted. This acclimates your seedlings to the outside world, meaning the elements like the wind and sun. We do it for several weeks to a month as this strengthens their stems and overall plant structure.
- Start for a short period of time initially, then graduate to more time each day
- One week minimum is recommended
- Bring them inside in the early evening and overnight
- Keep an eye on them and constantly water them. Make sure they have not blown over.