Decorative plant for borders and balconies. Richly flowering. the distinctive fragrance attracts butterflies.
Grow woodland flowering tobacco in full sun to light shade situations in a moist, fertile but well-draining soil. Amend clay and highly alkaline soils with organic matter. It will recover as a perennial from mildly subfreezing winter temperatures (only USDA Zone 9).
Use this majestic showstopper as an annual in the cottage or mixed border gardens for both visual texture and floral fragrance.
Several whorls of flower clusters can occur on each stem, but cut away stems when all flowers cease so new stems will grow and later bloom. In tropical regions do not grow during the humid rainy season.
Genus - Nicotiana
Species - Affinis
Variety - Havanna
Common name - Tobacco Plant
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 4 - 11
Height - 0,30 - 0,50 m
Spread - 0,20 - 0,30 m
Plant type - Annual or Tender Perennial
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Acid, neutral
Soil type - Average garden soil, loam and sand, well drained
Water requirements - Average, high
Landscape uses - As an annual in the cottage or mixed border gardens for both visual texture and floral fragrance
Bloom season - July - October
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Pink-white
Sow indoors from February to April. A warm kitchen windowsill is all you need for starting these seeds.
Sow thinly on the surface of a tray of pre-watered compost. Place in a warm, light position. A temperature of +15-+20C is ideal.
Keep the compost moist. The tray can be covered with clingfilm to preserve humidity, but remove when seedlings appear, usually in 14-28 days.
Transplant them 5cm apart to other trays when large enough to handle. Always hold by a leaf, never by the stem.
Grow on in cooler, but not cold conditions. Gradually accustom young plants to outside conditions (avoid frosts), before planting out, May-June, 30cm apart, into well-drained soil, when frosts are over.
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