The real tobacco originates from Central and South America. The fermented, elliptical leaves are used for tobacco products. Thanks to its tall growth, eye-catching white rose, bell-shaped flowers and velvet green leaves it is also a very attractive ornamental plant.
Needs similar growing conditions like tomatoes.
Prefers sunny locations sheltered from wind and rich soil.
Start growing from April and transplant outside after the last frost/
Genus - Nicotiana
Species - Tabacum
Variety - Virgin Golta
Common name - Smoking Virginia Tobacco
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 5 - 11
Height - 2 m
Spread - 0,50 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
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Light rose
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 5 cm 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, 30 cm apart, into well-drained soil, when frosts are over.
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