Tomatillo Plants
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Rotting tomatillos?

Zone Ottawa, Ontario, Canada | bordes.rae added on September 11, 2015 | Answered

I have 2 tomatillo plants -- one is fine, producing well. The other has a few empty husks, but virtually all of the other husks have fruits that appear to rot well before they are ripe, still on the stalk and in their husk. Then the fruit flies set in, and they rot faster. If I leave them on the plant, there will be nothing left of them once the bugs gobble the rotting fruit except a husk with seeds and a bit of brown residue. Both plants are in raised garden beds (seperate beds, ~1.5 metres apart). Rarely, some of them are split (like how tomatoes do after getting too dry then watering). Some of the successful fruit have translucent beige patches at the blossom end. Could this be a weird and severe form of blossom end rot? Regardless, what do I do? Also, if I remove the rotten area, are they safe to eat? Thanks for your help :)

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    Downtoearthdigs
    Certified GKH Gardening Expert
    Answered on September 14, 2015

    There can be environmental reasons for uneven growing patterns. Spitting fruit is likely to to to much water or the tomatillo may be overripe.
    Picking tomatillo when it is green can actually give you a good tangy fruit.
    Here are some links to help you.

    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/tomatillo/empty-tomatillo-husks.htm
    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/tomatillo/harvesting-tomatillo-fruits.htm

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