'Dr. Wyche's Yellow' Tomatillo
Origin: Hugo, Oklahoma
Improvement status: Cultivar
Seeds per packet: ~35
Germination tested 11/2021: 58%
Life cycle: Annual
A relatively "new heirloom" tomatillo developed by the late Dr. John Wyche in Hugo, Oklahoma. He ran a circus called Cole Brothers Circus and is said to have fertilized his extensive gardens with elephant manure! It was popularized by Suzanne Ashworth (author of the great seed-saving book Seed to Seed) through Seed Savers Exchange. Dr. Wyche's productive plants bear 1-2 inch yellow fruit with more sweetness than the average tomatillo. Easily grown like tomatoes, you'll know when to harvest fruit based on when they fill their lantern-like husks. The more ripe they get, the sweeter they get. Our seeds were grown by Clint Freund and Kass McKinnon of Cultivating the Commons.
GROWING TIPS: Start plants indoors in March, plant out in field after danger of last frost. Plants can get quite big and a trellis is almost certainly needed. Space plants about 3 feet apart.