It’s time to break free from the lies and poison that big industry have been selling us about tobacco. As a population, we are hooked on a “substance” that contains more than 4000 chemicals. The tobacco that we offer has been found in some areas dating back to 1,000 years ago. This tobacco was used by native cultures ceremoniously, as well as medicinally.
Tobacco is a great addition to your garden as it holds some special properties that will help protect your plants. Watch your tobacco plant and you may notice any little bugs on its leaves will be “eaten” or almost absorbed. We like to make a tea out of the leaves to use as a foliar spray to ward off any pest imbalances such as aphids and ants.
The leaves can be clipped and dried and then crumpled to smoke.
David Wolfe mentions the benefits of growing your own tobacco (around 5:50) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOinRFFuSto
Organic and Heirloom
A Northern hardy Tobacco strain of Tobacco with lush Green leaves and a high nicotine content.
Used ceremonially by the Hopi People.
Very strong to smoke so please use caution.
80 days to maturity.
Native to North America.
Needs light to Germinate so press onto surface of soil.
Keep warm and evenly moist until germination.
Germinate in 10 to 14 days.
Transplant or thin seedlings to 1 to 2 foot spacing.
Full sun and moderate water.
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Because tobacco seed is so small, it needs to be started indoors. Tobacco seed has three requirements for germination: light, moisture, and a temperature of at least 65F.
Four to six weeks before the last frost, place seeds on top of moist, but well-drained seed compost. An easy way to spread the seed evenly is to mix it with two parts of sand to one part of seeds. Although seeds need to be kept moist, to prevent washing them into the soil, either use a misting bottle or keep the compost moist with a wick system. To keep seeds from scorching in bright sunlight, filter your seed container by covering it with a sheet of light paper.
When seedlings reach six to eight inches, transplant them to your garden when all danger of frost is past. The tobacco plant needs full sun to grow broad leaves. Plants grown in partial shade will produce slender leaves. Garden transplants should be spaced about two feet apart in rows that are three feet apart. Keep transplants from drying out by transplanting either on a cloudy day or in the evening. Tobacco transplants should be watered thoroughly after planting and daily until the plant is well established.
When growing tobacco for harvesting, remove both flowers and suckers from your plants to enable the plant to devote its energy to growing large leaves. Your tobacco will be ready to harvest and cure about 90 days after germination.