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Mountain eggplant, Tomatillo

Physalis ixocarpa

This lush-growing native from Mexico gives many fruits of about 5 cm. The fruits can turn from green to purple at maturity and are housed in a papery lantern. Mountain eggplants thrive in the field and bring high yields during the whole growing season. The fruits are a very useful ingredient in ratatouille and sauces, etc. It is an ideal replacement for eggplant which you can harvest for much of the growing season.

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Family nightshade family
Thousand-seeds weight (TKW) 3.44 grams
Instructions de culture 

Sow at the end of March into seed trays in a warm place. When plantlets are 5 cm high you can transplant them into a pot or the field. Plant from May 20 in the field at a distance of 80 cm on all sides. Be sure to protect them from frost or plant after the threat of frost is gone. Tie stalks to a stake. Harvest the ripe fruit continuously from August into autumn. We recommend to cultivate at least two plants, as tomatillos are self-sterile.

Growing calendar
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Sowing quantity 2 g/Are
120 cm
Planting distance
80 x 80 cm
Sowing depth
0 cm
Germination duration
14 days
Fertilization need
Water need
Soil Type
All soil types