Tomatillos and Frost

tishtoshnm Zone 6/NMOctober 3, 2012

This year on a whim I purchased a tomatillo plant to try. It was slow to get going but now it has gone gangbusters and has many fruit on it, but they are small. There is a chance of frost soon and I need to know how sensitive they are? Most of the fruits are not full size yet, can I still pick them? Do you think a plastic cover will help? Thank you.

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zzackey(8b GA)

You should never use plastic to cover a plant. Use a blanket or a sheet and tie it so it doesn't get blown off. I grew one from seed this year. I found out later you need to to get them to fruit. They look like they would be very sensitive to frost. Is this a normal time for you to get frost? We don't get frost until November. We make a small make shift greenhouse and installed an old electric heater to save our Golden Jubilee tomatoes. It worked. It was only a little taller than the plants. I saved corn one year by covering them with blankets. Tomatillos seem like they would need more than that.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2012 at 9:35PM
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tishtoshnm Zone 6/NM

Perhaps I should have noted, plastic supported by #9 wires, kind-of like a mini greenhouse. The forecast is actually for 34 degrees but it is a new garden and I am not familiar with where all of the cold zones are, yet.

    Bookmark   October 4, 2012 at 1:35PM
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nancyjane_gardener(Zone 8ish North of San Francisco in the "real" wine country)

Zackey, I also thought you needed two to get fruit. I had read that both ways were true.
Alas! I had a volunteer show up this year (3 years after I had a plant with very little fruit) and it is LOADED with fruit! Ya never know!!!! Nancy

    Bookmark   October 4, 2012 at 9:04PM
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chervil2(z5 MA)

I have had tomatillos survive light frosts quite well.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 6:43PM
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