I purchased the Fall Seed Collection for some container gardening this autumn and have been very pleased with the results. Germination rate was fantastic and I had to do much more thinning than I usually do from store-bought seeds. The little growing guide helped with varieties I haven't grown before (hello, kohlrabi). All of my plants are hardy and healthy and I'm already enjoying the early harvests. Looking forward to maturity on the longer growers. Will be buying the Granny's kitchen garden pack for spring. Thanks so much!
I planted several varieties over the past couple years. These have been the most reliable producers so far. Averaged 10-15 lbs. one larger one about 20. Nothing remotely close to 40 lbs. that’s ok. Huge ones are a pain to break down.
I planted a whole bunch of this to attract bees and butterflies. It grows like crazy. However I protected the seed with hay because my first round died because of the hot Florida sun and lack of rain lately.
We started these indoors in January. We transplanted them twice and finally out to our raised bed (full coastal sun). The plant is massive and the tomatoes are TASTY! The best little tomatoes we have ever had. We will likely plant them in a separate bed next year since they grow to such a large size and can crowd out other plants.
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Q: Can I Grow Tobacco?
A: Tobacco can be grown just about anywhere in the US where you have a long enough growing season. You will want to start your tobacco early indoors to ensure maturity before the end of the season. (Some maturity dates can be 50 days up to 120) If you live in a tropical climate, you will likely grow tobacco with more ease than someone in the dry desert or in a particularly cold climate. A lot of expertise goes into cultivating tobacco, so we always recommend getting books, consulting a cigar or cigarette maker, and checking online forums.
Q: When is a good time to start seeds indoors?
A: Depending on your choice of variety’s maturity date, it can be anywhere from 4-8 weeks before the final frost. Be sure to plan accordingly.
Q: Can I grow tobacco in a container?
A: We don’t recommend it. Container gardening can be stressful on a plant and since you’re growing for flavor, you don’t want to impede the plants progress in any way. Many varieties of tobacco can get quite tall. If growing a dwarf variety for its blossoms, a container may work just fine. (i.e. Nicotiana Domino or Perfume series)
A: In optimal conditions 7-10 days. If experiencing lower temperatures or excessive heat it is not uncommon for seeds to take as long as four weeks or not germinate at all. It is paramount that you keep your soil temperatures between 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit.
Q: Can you help me profile a flavor I will love and grow well in my area?
A: As for taste, a matter of opinion, we’d like to direct you to seasoned growers who might have a pallet just like yours. Their advice is priceless when getting started! https://fairtradetobacco.com/ The agricultural extensions in Florida and North Carolina also house some of the best tobacco experts in the US.
Q: I love the pretty flowers the plants produce; can I grow my tobacco for its leaves and blossoms?
A: No, typically you grow tobacco plants for either their leaves or the fragrant ornamental flowers. Flowering tobacco plants often lose a great deal of flavor when they flower. Tobacco grown for the leaves needs to be kept from flowering to ensure proper flavor.
Q: Do you carry organic tobacco seed?
A: No, unfortunately we do not carry and organic varieties, most tobacco is not grown organically at this time.
Q: How much tobacco will my plant produce?
A: The yield will vary amongst varieties you can expect around 3-4 ounces of dry tobacco from each plant. Professional growers can get higher yields, but conditions must be optimal.
Q: Which varieties have the highest nicotine content?
Q: Which tobacco types are going to be milder in nicotine?
A: House favorites include the Virginia 116, and Burley 21.
Q: I didn’t use all my seeds; can I keep them?
A: You can store extra tobacco seeds for 2-3 years and still get good germination rates. Store them in a cool, dry, and sealed container. Keep out of direct sunlight, a dark drawer or pantry is great.
Q: The variety I want is unavailable, when can I expect to see it again?
A: Tobacco seeds are very difficult to find with good germination rates. We do our best to keep only the best seed in stock. We will do our best to relist most varieties in 6-8 weeks. Sign up for our notifications for easy alerts!
Q: I’m looking to make my own Cigars, not cigarettes, what should I be looking to grow:
A: Ultimately, you’ll want to plant and harvest at least two types of tobacco. 1. A broad leaf for rolling and wrapping your tobacco, such as the Connecticut Broadleaf. 2. A good filler tobacco for burning, or binding such as the Cuban Criollo 98. Many people with use two filler tobaccos to create a unique flavor combination all their own. Our Cigar Starter Kit is a great option.