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I'm on the northside of Brisbane, and have some excess Purple Tomatillo seedlings. I'm interested in finding anyone who's up for an exchange. I drive up to the Sunshine and down to the Gold coast quite regularly so can easily do a roadside plant swap if needed, but would always prefer somewhere closer to home (Warner) 

I've also got some San Marzano and Yellow Currant tomatoes on their way and a bunch of chilli seedlings which could be up for grabs too.

I love chilli and am currantly growing Serrano, Poblano, Jalapeno, Pimenta de Neyde, Berbere Brown and Mirasol. I'm after chilli's from South America usually - Aji Amarillo, Bahamian Goat, cool Habanero's etc but open to anything. Actually I'm open to swapping anything edible. Just wanting to share a bit of love and see what's around.

We love proper Mexican food and it's hard to find the right ingredients over here, so we decided to try and grow them. A Tomatillo is similar to a tomato, but a little more sweet and acidic & less bitter. See another discussion here. You can make sauces (for Enchilida's, Taco's, Mole's etc) or you can eat them fresh in salsa's. A good all-rounder, they're prolific growers BUT you need more than one plant to pollinate, so we'd be giving away 2/3/4 lot bundles. Here's a couple of pics of them...

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Hm, Tomatillo - do these grow in our summer? Most Tomato varieties struggle in the summer. Can you eat them fresh or are they best cooked? I'd like to try some if I can know more about them. Can swap for anything you see in my garden you would like. Oh I'm at Deception Bay.

You did well with your seedlings Fisher they look very healthy. The bugs ate mine. Slug like larvae made a feast of them.

I wouldn't mind trying a couple of your plants - I've left a bag of custard apples in a white plastic bag on the porch table. If you're going past (do you remember the address in Acland Drv?) you can pick them up. Don't get too excited about them though as they are going off quickly. Eat them immediately.

Did I give you a Nopales paddle? Is it growing ok?

Sorry for the slow replies - I didn't receive email notifications which I'll have to see what happened to?

I ended up buying these seed after killing yours :) These are going great guns. The Nopales has gone wild as well! It needs a bigger pot.

We'll leave a couple of these Tomatillo's outside your place when I get a chance. They're getting a little root-bound and will go ballistic if you can stick them in the ground or upgrade to a larger pot.

That would be great, thanks Fisher (have forgotten your real name! so you get called by your log on name).

They are pretty tasty. They're just like a tart tomato, great for chutneys or salsa. They grow very easily from seed but as Lissa mentioned they get systematically anilihated by a slug like larvae.

Ah hmmm, thanks for that Craig. Too much to hope for that we could grow a fresh-eatable Tomato! I don't make enough chutneys and salsas to grow plants specially for that. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.

I grew some green Tomatillo last summer (first time I had grown anything) and they fruited and were almost ready to harvest before a slug like caterpillar took over (there were literally hundreds) and they destroyed everything (bastards!). 

But this time I know to treat before they become too infected. I'm thinking Neem or something more natural which should be possible after some research.

I'd love to know what they are though - any ideas Craig? Colorado Potato Beetle seems to come up in a lot of US Google results (unfortunately not enough people here know or grow them). 

Would it be practical to cover the fruit? There are commercially-available bags from Green Harvest or make some yourself or use the gauze ones Joseph uses on this site.

They eat all the leaves and quickly. No fruit damage but stops the plant producing any more fruit so you will never get a big crop
Yeah I thought they were cucumber beetles. Looks similar.

Craig did yours look like this (from 

No matter how many I picked off, they just kept coming back but I'm prepared for 'em this time :)

Found a YouTube vid of a local guy who's had the same problem by the look of it too & there's some comments which might help:

Yeah, that's the little sods that ate mine. Good video - thank you for sharing. Just goes to show - the plants in the netted area looked fine. I REALLY should make more use of my netting.

I haven't tried Neem for years. Must give it another go.


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