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Tomatillos from seed?

Posted by BigN_187 9 ( on
Mon, Apr 15, 13 at 17:36

I have purple tomatillo seeds, and I sowed one group of seeds already, however the seedlings seem to be doing poorly. I'm wondering if its too late now to sow a second group to replace these? My LSFD is May 28, so would that be a sufficient amount of time or not? Is there any way to accelerate the germination process to perhaps trim some time off of getting these new seedlings ready?

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RE: Tomatillos from seed?

Still time easily. Do you use heat mat? They speed up germination a great deal. But keep in mind that tomatillos tend to be much more 'wispy' looking than tomato plants so if they appear kinda spindly it is to be expected.


RE: Tomatillos from seed?

I don't use a heat mat, I have kind of an improvised setup right now. Distant Incandescent bulbs turned on in greenhouse until emergence, then I put fluorescent lights on the emerged seedlings. Kind of a pain, but I don't have the cash at the moment for the more professional equipment.

As far as my current seedlings, it's not that they're wispy, but rather that many have already totally died (Thanks to being trampled by animals) or have lost leaves (Insects, but I'm not sure which kind. Never seen it in the process!)

RE: Tomatillos from seed?

Trampled by animals will do it. :)

Got a cardboard box you can line with aluminum foil? Set the container of seeds down in the box and stick an incandescent bulb (40-60 wt) in the top and lay a towel over top of the box. Good heat source.


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