Every seed came up, they're about 3' tall with a sturdy stem. Waiting until mid March to put out in the southern (Ga) garden. Will be licking my lips watching them flower and fruit. I like these as an addition to a traditional red tomato salad.
I had 40 mph winds my greenhouse fell over and was so surprised the seeds survived two days in the cold under soil and are still growing. The roots were in tact so i transplanted them, they are doing just fine. 10 stars
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The exact strain of this oriental tobacco is unknown. The seed is said to have originated from the seed collection of Nikolai Vavilov, who was a prominent Russian and Soviet botanist and geneticist best known for having identified the origins of the worlds most cultivated plants. Vavilov's seed collection has over 200,000 specimens from around the world.
Our seed was acquired from an experienced Ohio grower and seller of premium high grade whole leaf tobacco. The seed came into his possession from another retired grower with simpy the name of "Vavilov". He was kind enough to share it with us and others.
Vavilov grows to a height of 6' with dark glossy green leaves averaging 7" x 10". It produces an average of 28 harvestable leaves per plant with blooming starting at 45-50 days. The maturing leaves turn a lighter green, becoming yellow at the tips as they ripen. It air cures easily and sun cures to a light golden brown.