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I planted a tomatillo plant last year. It did great, very large, lots of blossoms - no fruit! I went online and learned you must have two plants close together to pollinate. I have done so this year. I am getting very healthy plants again with lots of blossoms and ...again no fruit is setting. I live in northern California, zone 9. What am I doing wrong? I've never even eaten a tomatillo, I just thought it an interesting novelty and I might like them. Now I am taking the challenge and I will have tomatillos - HELP!
My plants are very vigorous and about 2 1/2' tall, tons of blossoms.
My plants have had no insecticides on them. My tomatoes are thriving and loaded with tomatoes so I don't think it is a bee problem. I also have a lot of humming birds. In northern California we won't be getting any rain until mid-September or later. It does seem it has to be a pollination problem. My local nurseryman said he doesn't know anything about them, not very helpful. I'm actually considering using a Q-tip or paint brush and pollinating them myself! Perhaps, it is just too early for them to set fruit.
If I end up with any fruit I well report back.
I'm open to suggestions.
Folks, here's the bottom line. I was impatient! Fruit is setting, they look like cute little lanterns.
Now to start looking for tomatillo recipes. My Mexican friend says they make great salsa - better than tomato salsa. I better get his recipe.