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PlantFiles: Tomatillo, Husk Tomato, Miltomate, Tomate de Fresadilla
Physalis ixocarpa 'Merida Market Tomatillo'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Physalis (fy-SAL-is) (Info)
Species: ixocarpa (iks-so-KAR-puh) (Info)
Cultivar: Merida Market Tomatillo

One member has or wants this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Munzter On Jul 9, 2009, Munzter from Christchurch
New Zealand wrote:

I found the plant Tomatillo grows quite well in both Christchurch New Zealand, and Timaru. Would really love to try a wine out both of them. Love capegooseberry pie made in a pastry and a capegooseberry jam, I made a Tomatillo jam, but got heavy handed on the suger but its still ok, have blended both fruits into making a chutney= itsss nice.
I grew Miltomates they were made into a jam that looked purplish it was ok, the root structure of it was to say the least a ground grabbing tenatious root, long and strong, so far enough to say I wont grow that again, one of the main features of it is that the fruit 'pops' off the bush when ready, so be ready for a influx of new seedlings if you dont get them in time........ Munzter

Neutral Farmerdill On Nov 20, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A smaller but more prolific version of Purple.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Belleview, Florida
Indianapolis, Indiana
Tiverton, Rhode Island

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