Question: I am a cigar smoker and I often put my stubs in my wife's flower bed. Answer: This is a new one on me as I didn't know that tobacco grew from leaf propagation. I have been using this for flavouring, this is a half strength as found the full strength to strong. The rest are green and some of the bottom leaves that don't get much light are a yellowish color. The Old Firm (author) from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand on March 31, 2014: Hi there Blond Logic, Tobacco originated from around your way, and I'm told that all sorts can be found there, so good luck in your quest for seeds. Time is said to cure all things, and tobacco is near the top of the list. Question: I was wondering if I can take some larger leaves from my plants before they turn a paler green as I have planted my plants to close together. My pleasure.. (still looking forward to your distillation blog ;). Grow your own tobacco while you can, - and your own carrots, - and your own cabbages, soon legislation will stop us from doing all that too because we'd be taking the living from the maws poor supermarket empires. (I've been away playing Cap'n Ahabs with an old boat in New Plymouth harbour). and is it any good? It’s been about 6-8 weeks of drying. The Old Firm (author) from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand on September 21, 2014: Here's some info that i copied and pasted from this hub a couple of years ago. Flowering tobacco is a natural choice for a cottage garden. I am going to scour around and see if I can find some seeds. Be warned: I used the barest pinch of seeds sprinkled into a six-pot seed tray and got over 100 plants! When is the best moment to harbest Tobacco plant? If I do this will it ruin the final curing process? If you need more seed google King Seeds in Katikati, (I've a link in the text). Moreover, The contents are masterpiece. Hi there, You have done a fantastic job. Well what an informative article, I tried many years ago to grow tobacco, plants grew fine but mucked up the curing process, I want to flavour the stuff for pipe smoking, I have a very large jar of glycerine in the garage could I use that with port and brandy, spray the leaf, let dry, then press and mature but for how long - best guess for a guide pls, also I want to give some hand rolling tobacco to my colleagues at Christmas, I'm harvesting and curing now,(August) once dried I'm putting it in a plastic air tight box, will that be long enough time for it to mellow/mature. tobacco enthusiast on September 16, 2014: Luther 2 the b8g ribs can be Removed! Wrapping them in a bit of paper or square of toilet tissue and placing them in a little jar or pill container is fine. You know what to look for.) Hi we live in sunny Bay of Plenty and want to give it a go. Curing is basically the drying of tobacco in a moderately controlled environment. The Old Firm (author) from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand on September 13, 2014: The bowler hat brigade - too stupid to "do" so spend their lives telling us "not to do". oops, I must have had a couple to many ales the last time I wrote in. What I can find worryingly little information on is how long you need to ferment it for, depending on what you want to do with it. Tobacco does grow like crazy once it gets going, about 3 months from seedling to 7 ft plant even in my temperate climate in Summer. Don't pick the whole plant at once, since they will become ready over a period of weeks. Answer: I remove the stems because they're woody and would produce lumpy tobacco. Hang these sticks (or string the lines) somewhere dry, out of the way, and preferably warm. There are many different kinds of tobacco plant. This article could not be written any better! If it looks a bit damp or won't light he sticks it in the warming tray of his oven for a while. Do tobacco seeds need a period of cold dormancy in order to grow? You don't mention this stage, what are your thoughts on fermentation? Im growing in mini greenhouses in a south facing window. Tobacco isn't picky. I better still be alive for the first finished product lol. Answer: The best time is November, give or take, but January's fine for a later crop. Answer: I grow the one that I originally bought from King's Seeds in Katikati NZ years ago. Then he fed the leaves through a grinder. Thanks for putting it together, at least I know what a tobacco plant looks like now. Is there a trick to keeping tobacco alight? The primary varieties of plants grown in the London Tobacco Market greenhouses are NC 7, KT 204, KT 210, KT 212 and KT 215. Have you ever tried soaking leaves to flavour them? “High tobacco taxes not only hit ordinary people the hardest, they also stoke the black market. 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