Tomatillo ripening rate

McRoseJuly 27, 2014

I planted tomatillos about 6 weeks ago and they went crazy - I have four giant plants now. They've been flowering like crazy and a few husks are starting to develop.

How long does it take for the fruit to grow/ripen once it starts? I'm worried it'll be too late in the season to get anything useful, and I REALLY want my tomatillos :(

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Slimy_Okra(2b)

When the fruit completely fills the husk and turns a light green or faintly yellowish green, it is at its best stage to eat. Sometimes but not always, they partially rupture the husk as well. If they are dark green, they are too immature and may taste slightly bitter. If they turn yellow, they are ripe and not as good. They are still perfectly edible but tend to be sweet and bland at that point, instead of tart and flavorful.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 1:12PM
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McRose

How long does that usually take though?

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 1:14PM
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Slimy_Okra(2b)

From the point of husk formation, usually 2-3 weeks in my case. It tends to be slower early in the season. Once you get into the second half of August, you'll be picking every week.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 1:15PM
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jimster(z7a MA)

This question starts appearing here every summer about this time. Tomatillos don't seem to be developing very fast and gardeners become anxious.

Don't worry. Some time during the next month you will suddenly have an abundance of tomatillos.

Jim

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 3:30PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

I planted tomatillos about 6 weeks ago

With plants only 6 weeks old and already impatient? :) From fruit set to full ripe - 6 weeks average. But as already mentioned you'll want to pick them a few days before fully ripe for best flavor.

Just don't hold your breath ok or we will have to send the EMTs. When is your first frost date, your zone?

Dave

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 4:03PM
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jimster(z7a MA)

Removing duplicate post.

This post was edited by jimster on Sun, Jul 27, 14 at 21:45

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 5:28PM
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McRose

It's my first time gardening - I'm a nervous new veggie mom! I'd have them in the ER right now if I could!

They were already pretty tall when I transplanted them 6 weeks ago and grew so fast it blew my mind.

I'm in Zone 7B (DC area). First frost date is November 15.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 7:18PM
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McRose

Double post.

This post was edited by McRose on Mon, Jul 28, 14 at 19:27

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 7:26PM
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Slimy_Okra(2b)

Tomatillos grow like weeds and continue producing until the first hard frost. Last fall, a light frost on September 15th (right on schedule) burned the tops but the fruit closer to the ground continued enlarging right until the first hard frost in early October.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 8:27PM
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DorothyW

I've had dozens of husks on my tomatillo plants for a few weeks, each filled with a small tomatillo. None of them seem to be getting bigger, however. I'm wondering if they aren't getting larger because there are so many on each plant. Should I pick them now or let them go another week or two?

    Bookmark   September 4, 2014 at 9:11AM
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annew21 (zone 7b NC)(7b NC)

Just wait. Don't pick them until they are ready. I transplant mine in early May and usually don't start harvesting until early August. Then they produce like gangbusters until frost. It's just The Way of the Tomatillo.

    Bookmark   September 7, 2014 at 8:43AM
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