Smoking Tobacco (Nicotiana Tabacum) 50 seeds (#1367)
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Large, coarse leaves are the cash-producing gems of tobacco, but the light pink tubular flowers are fragrant and beautiful when seen atop the tall plants in summertime. A short-lived perennial or frost-tender annual native to Tropical America, tobacco is one of the most widely used, legal but regulated psychoactive drugs in the world along with alcohol and caffeine. Native Americans revered and ate, smoked and chewed tobacco for several centuries prior to Columbus' visit.
Sprouting when soils are warm, tobacco quickly forms large oval to wedge-shaped leaves that are fragrant when torn or crushed. Forming a attractive rosette of foliage, it is topped by upright, leaved stems in summer that bear many tubular, light pink blossoms. Opening in late afternoon and into the evening, each fragrant blossom attracts moths for pollination. After seeds are formed and dropped to the ground, the plant matures and will slowly degrade.
In commercial tobacco production, the foliage and stems are cut, dried, and cured, then ground and used to make cigars, cigarettes, loose pipe or chewing tobacco. The dried tobacco leaf is damp but elastic, and immensely fragrant. Nicotine is the alkaloid stimulant present in the plant and varies in its levels with the age of the plant, soil fertility and overall growing conditions. Flowers and seeds are sometimes cut away so energy goes into leaf growth, and shading foliage also changes the flavor within foliage.
Info source: http://learn2grow.com/plants/nicotiana-tabacum/
Genus - Nicotiana
Species - Tabacum
Common name - Smoking Tobacco
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 5 - 11
Height - 1,20 - 1,80 m
Spread - 0,60 - 1,20 m
Plant type - Annual
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - acid, neutral
Soil type - Loam, Sand, well drained
Water requirements - Average
Landscape uses - Mixed Border
Bloom season - June - August
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Light pink
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.