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

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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

Category:

Annuals

Vegetables

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

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

Regional

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

Belleview, Florida

Indianapolis, Indiana

Tiverton, Rhode Island

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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

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

A smaller but more prolific version of Purple.