My first tobacco crop

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My first tobacco crop

Post by Cessna152rg » Wed May 12, 2021 3:16 pm

This year I decided to try my hand at growing tobacco, I bought seed, mixed them with sand, and put it on top of some soil in a plastic box in the window.
After two weeks I was about ready to give up when all of a sudden some small green specks appeared.
Here is a photo from last week, now I have repotted the best ten plants and given the rest to my neighbor.
I am really excited to see how this turns out through the summer Image
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Re: My first tobacco crop

Post by Del » Wed May 12, 2021 3:23 pm

Tobacco is a big plant. It needs plenty of space and plenty of fertilizer.

It's probably picky about the right type of fertilizer, too. But I don't know anything and I am looking forward to your reports throughout the season.

Tobacco is grown in southern Wisconsin.... mostly for chewing tobacco products.

I should find and befriend some of these fellow Sconnies, learn a bit about home-grown tobacco.
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Re: My first tobacco crop

Post by JimVH » Wed May 12, 2021 5:55 pm

Very cool. I’m anxious to see your progress.
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Re: My first tobacco crop

Post by sweetandsour » Wed May 12, 2021 7:33 pm

JimVH wrote:
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Very cool. I’m anxious to see your progress.
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Re: My first tobacco crop

Post by JMG » Wed May 12, 2021 7:46 pm

Cessna152rg wrote:
Wed May 12, 2021 3:16 pm
This year I decided to try my hand at growing tobacco, I bought seed, mixed them with sand, and put it on top of some soil in a plastic box in the window.
After two weeks I was about ready to give up when all of a sudden some small green specks appeared.
Here is a photo from last week, now I have repotted the best ten plants and given the rest to my neighbor.
I am really excited to see how this turns out through the summer Image
From my little bit of experience, I would recommend thinning the herd there. Best of luck, bud.
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Re: My first tobacco crop

Post by Bloodhound » Thu May 13, 2021 10:07 am

Looks like a fun project...please keep posting updates :dance:
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Re: My first tobacco crop

Post by Sir Moose » Thu May 13, 2021 10:19 am

JMG wrote:
Wed May 12, 2021 7:46 pm
Cessna152rg wrote:
Wed May 12, 2021 3:16 pm
This year I decided to try my hand at growing tobacco, I bought seed, mixed them with sand, and put it on top of some soil in a plastic box in the window.
After two weeks I was about ready to give up when all of a sudden some small green specks appeared.
Here is a photo from last week, now I have repotted the best ten plants and given the rest to my neighbor.
I am really excited to see how this turns out through the summer Image
From my little bit of experience, I would recommend thinning the herd there. Best of luck, bud.
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Re: My first tobacco crop

Post by JMG » Thu May 13, 2021 3:03 pm

Sir Moose wrote:
Thu May 13, 2021 10:19 am
JMG wrote:
Wed May 12, 2021 7:46 pm
Cessna152rg wrote:
Wed May 12, 2021 3:16 pm
This year I decided to try my hand at growing tobacco, I bought seed, mixed them with sand, and put it on top of some soil in a plastic box in the window.
After two weeks I was about ready to give up when all of a sudden some small green specks appeared.
Here is a photo from last week, now I have repotted the best ten plants and given the rest to my neighbor.
I am really excited to see how this turns out through the summer Image
From my little bit of experience, I would recommend thinning the herd there. Best of luck, bud.
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Re: My first tobacco crop

Post by ReverendThom » Thu May 13, 2021 9:22 pm

I wonder if I can legally grow tobacco here

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Re: My first tobacco crop

Post by FredS » Mon May 17, 2021 11:50 am

ReverendThom wrote:
Thu May 13, 2021 9:22 pm
I wonder if I can legally grow tobacco here

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Do it in the basement, under a grow light. No one will suspect it's tobacco.
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Re: My first tobacco crop

Post by Cessna152rg » Mon May 17, 2021 3:16 pm

Here is today's update, the plants are still healthy and growing after I repotted them. Image
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Re: My first tobacco crop

Post by Del » Mon May 17, 2021 7:51 pm

I'm curious -- what variety of tobacco are you growing? Burley? Virginia?

What's your plan for curing and enjoying your home-grown tobacco?

When the plants go outside, I will be curious to find out if deer or goats dare to browse on the tobacco. Internet is mixed as to whether or not deer eat tobacco.

[You do have goats, right? Goats are tight!]

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Re: My first tobacco crop

Post by ReverendThom » Mon May 17, 2021 8:24 pm

FredS wrote:
ReverendThom wrote:
Thu May 13, 2021 9:22 pm
I wonder if I can legally grow tobacco here

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Do it in the basement, under a grow light. No one will suspect it's tobacco.
Lol no doubt

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Re: My first tobacco crop

Post by Gabriel » Mon May 17, 2021 8:52 pm

I grew about that many plants a few years ago, they grew wonderfully here in central IL. I stumbled hard on processing it however. Be thinking about it now!
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Re: My first tobacco crop

Post by Cessna152rg » Tue May 18, 2021 10:17 am

Del wrote:I'm curious -- what variety of tobacco are you growing? Burley? Virginia?

What's your plan for curing and enjoying your home-grown tobacco?

When the plants go outside, I will be curious to find out if deer or goats dare to browse on the tobacco. Internet is mixed as to whether or not deer eat tobacco.

[You do have goats, right? Goats are tight!]

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I have about 50/50 burley and oriental, I bought burley due to it being air cured.
I have been givingsome thought to processing, at the moment I am thinking of air curing it for some time, then making some Cavendish, find a decent casing and press it to a plug.
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Re: My first tobacco crop

Post by Del » Tue May 18, 2021 10:46 am

Cessna152rg wrote:
Tue May 18, 2021 10:17 am
Del wrote:I'm curious -- what variety of tobacco are you growing? Burley? Virginia?

What's your plan for curing and enjoying your home-grown tobacco?

When the plants go outside, I will be curious to find out if deer or goats dare to browse on the tobacco. Internet is mixed as to whether or not deer eat tobacco.

[You do have goats, right? Goats are tight!]

Image
I have about 50/50 burley and oriental, I bought burley due to it being air cured.
I have been givingsome thought to processing, at the moment I am thinking of air curing it for some time, then making some Cavendish, find a decent casing and press it to a plug.
Two varieties? Did you start them in separate pots? You only show one pot in the OP.

Oriental varieties have very different leaves -- much smaller than the other varieties.

If you mixed them together, I might suspect that your top-ten sprouts are all of one variety.
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Re: My first tobacco crop

Post by Cessna152rg » Tue May 18, 2021 11:04 am

Del wrote:
Cessna152rg wrote:
Tue May 18, 2021 10:17 am
Del wrote:I'm curious -- what variety of tobacco are you growing? Burley? Virginia?

What's your plan for curing and enjoying your home-grown tobacco?

When the plants go outside, I will be curious to find out if deer or goats dare to browse on the tobacco. Internet is mixed as to whether or not deer eat tobacco.

[You do have goats, right? Goats are tight!]

Image
I have about 50/50 burley and oriental, I bought burley due to it being air cured.
I have been givingsome thought to processing, at the moment I am thinking of air curing it for some time, then making some Cavendish, find a decent casing and press it to a plug.
Two varieties? Did you start them in separate pots? You only show one pot in the OP.

Oriental varieties have very different leaves -- much smaller than the other varieties.

If you mixed them together, I might suspect that your top-ten sprouts are all of one variety.
I planted burley in one half and oriental in the other. They should be fairly separated, maybe some mixing in the middle.
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Re: My first tobacco crop

Post by Del » Tue May 18, 2021 11:07 am

Cessna152rg wrote:
Tue May 18, 2021 11:04 am
Del wrote:
Cessna152rg wrote:
Tue May 18, 2021 10:17 am
Del wrote:I'm curious -- what variety of tobacco are you growing? Burley? Virginia?

What's your plan for curing and enjoying your home-grown tobacco?

When the plants go outside, I will be curious to find out if deer or goats dare to browse on the tobacco. Internet is mixed as to whether or not deer eat tobacco.

[You do have goats, right? Goats are tight!]

Image
I have about 50/50 burley and oriental, I bought burley due to it being air cured.
I have been givingsome thought to processing, at the moment I am thinking of air curing it for some time, then making some Cavendish, find a decent casing and press it to a plug.
Two varieties? Did you start them in separate pots? You only show one pot in the OP.

Oriental varieties have very different leaves -- much smaller than the other varieties.

If you mixed them together, I might suspect that your top-ten sprouts are all of one variety.
I planted burley in one half and oriental in the other. They should be fairly separated, maybe some mixing in the middle.
That works!

I am following your progress with great interest. I'm not much of a gardener, myself.
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Re: My first tobacco crop

Post by Cessna152rg » Mon May 31, 2021 2:30 pm

They are coming along, slowly but surelyImage
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Re: My first tobacco crop

Post by JMG » Mon May 31, 2021 2:49 pm

Cessna152rg wrote:
Mon May 31, 2021 2:30 pm
They are coming along, slowly but surelyImage
The tobacco I grew was always slow to get to this stage and a little past, but after that would begin shooting up much faster.

These were some of mine around time to harvest...
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I was lucky to have had the fertile equatorial soil. I wouldn't have the patience to plant inside like you are doing. This is cool to watch.
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