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by ShirlS on July 27, 2006 04:18 AM
has anyone here grown Tomatillo's in a container? If so were you sucessful? I am trying to grow them. My plant looks great with lots of blooms, but no fruit is forming. Any ideas? Opps, I should have put this in the container gardening section! Sorry!!

Thanks

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by Sorellina on July 27, 2006 05:54 AM
Ciao Shirl,

No worries, I can respond to that. Tomatillos put out a ton of blossoms before they "set" fruit. It's best to grow 2 plants together for optimum pollination as well. I've got some that a neighbour gave me in a 15 gal IKEA bucket on the driveway. I've no clue what variety they are, but it's not a concern really. They're to augment my other ones growing in the ground for salsa once the tomatoes come in. This critter is so funny, the ones in the container. It looks like some kind of tomatillo bonsai. I staked it with a small bamboo stake and it's branching like crazy like an umbrella. It's got quite a few small fruits on it, but I wouldn't worry, just give it time. I hope you're in Eastern Washington, though. These things love the heat. They grow wild in Texas and Mexico.

Cheers,
Julianna

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by ShirlS on July 27, 2006 07:23 AM
Thanks Julianna!

I appriciate your help. I will be patient and see how we come out.

Shirl

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by Sorellina on July 27, 2006 08:07 AM
Here's a picture of my bonsai tomatillo, lol:

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Cheers,
Julianna

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by ShirlS on July 27, 2006 03:40 PM
What a cute plant! It really does look like a Bonsai! I will have to get a picture of mine and post it when I get a moment. I do live in eastern Washington, and man has it been hot here!! Mind you, I do not miss the weather in Ontario one bit, it is not only hot, but humid to boot! [scaredy] Out here it is a dry heat which makes all the difference in the world.

Shirl

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by Sorellina on July 28, 2006 04:15 AM
Ciao Shirl,

Yeah, I bet you don't. Duane and I are chomping at the bit to relocate to Vancouver. The sidewalk snow plows were cute for about 2 seconds, but I miss the mountains, the orcas, and yes, the rain. I'm sure we'll need a greenhouse to get some of the tomatoes to ripen, but that's ok with me..it's a more than fair trade not to have to deal with the toques, the boots, the hats, the gloves, the scarves, the slush, the salt....sigh.

Cheers,
Julianna

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by ShirlS on July 28, 2006 06:09 AM
Hi Julianna

Ahh yes, I too love the mountains! I was raised in them, and for me nothing can beat their beauty. I lived in the T.O area for 20 yrs. I look back thinking how I ever got through the summers. My eldest still lives in Ontario, about an hour and twenty minutes east. My youngest followed me to BC. He is near enough(now that I am in WA) I get to see him all the time. Here is a picture of my Tomatillo. It is not the best picture, but will suffice I suppose. Hopefully it is not to big. I can't wait until I can have a real garden again ( not in containers). We are having a home built, so next spring I can get down and dirty in the garden [clappy]

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Have a wonderful Day!
Shirl

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