Tomatillo and ground cherry plants should be grown in a warm areas and receive
plenty of sunlight, so choose a sunny location in the garden. Tomatillos and
ground cherries grow very similar to tomatoes, but grow more quickly. The
fruit grow inside husk. Relocate your plants in different parts of your garden
each year to avoid diseases. Optimum temperatures for growing tomatillos and
ground cherries are between 65 F and 85 F. Plant your seeds indoors 3 to 6
weeks before setting outside. When seedlings are 4" tall, transplant them in
larger pots. Plants should be at least 10" tall before transplanting outdoors.
Place plants outdoors in shady area several days before transplanting
outdoors. Shelter the transplants to prevent sunburn, wilting, and rain
damage. Spring planting should occur when soil is warm, at least 3 weeks after
last frost, and when temperatures remain above 70 F. You can plant early if
you use water towers. To protect plant branches from breaking, use 4 to 5 ft
tall cages. Plants can grow 2 to 6 ft tall.