Written by James Payne

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

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 There are many questions regarding growing your own tobacco. Should you? Is it legal? Is it worth it? The only question you should really be asking yourself is this: Do I want to grow my tobacco? If the answer to that one, simple question is yes, then you will want to take a peek inside this article. It will tell you everything you need to know to get started.

Before we begin, I want to preface this article by saying it is not a definitive guide; for something of that magnitude, you would need an entire book. I’ve got about three pages.

The intention of this article is to get you started down the path of growing you very own tobacco. With that in mind, let’s get started.

Step One: Pick Your Location

The first step you should consider is where you will grow your tobacco. The obvious answer is: in my backyard. That is one way to look at it. One thing to keep in mind is the amount of space required to grow your tobacco plants. When planting your seeds (a process we will get to in a moment), you need to keep in mind several things: First, how many trees are you going to plant? Depending upon the size of cigar you intend to make, each plant will yield roughly twenty cigars.

Secondly, keep in mind that when you actually plant the tobacco in your backyard, you will actually be planting tobacco trees, not seeds. For each plant, you will need to allow 24 inches in-between. And if you plant more than one row, your rows should be around 42-50 inches apart. As you can imagine, planting more than a few can get out of hand.

As for the location, it should be sunny, and the soil should be well-drained (otherwise your plants could very well die). Test the pH level in your soil and aim for a rate of about 5.8. If it is too low or too high, contact your local gardening store for some suggestions on how to level it out.

Step Two: How to Get Some Seeds and What to do with Them When You Do

Getting seeds is actually easier than you might think. I doubt that you will be able to find them at a gardening store or even at your local tobacconist, but I suppose it never hurts to ask. More likely than not you will want to try out some online stores.

Since there are many different types of seeds, I would say to read the manufacturer’s description of their seeds to see which best fits your needs. One thing I can tell you is that you should ensure you get seeds that are not hybrids, and that will produce their own seeds. Otherwise your plants may not adjust to your soil the following year and you will need to grow them in another location.

Once you have ordered the seeds and get them in the mail, be sure to carefully read the instructions, as they will provide you with a more in-depth guide to growing your tobacco properly.

Ones your seeds are in hand, you will need to germinate them. Your first step will be to soak them in water for twenty-four hours. Next, place them in a compost tray, roughly one centimeter in depth. Put the compost tray somewhere safe and warm, like a cupboard, and let them rest there for a few days, being sure that the compost does not become dry (you should keep it moist).

Once the seeds have begun to sprout, you can transfer the to pots. Place the pots inside of a greenhouse if you have one; if not, use a cold frame or something similar. You will want to leave them there for sixty days, or until they are between 6 and 8 inches.

One thing to keep in mind: Before you transplant your tobacco to your backyard plot, be sure that there is no frost on the ground (or won’t be any while your tobacco matures). If you have ordered your seeds and the cold is lasting longer than you expected, simply wait till the frost has passed before you germinate or remove them plants from the greenhouse.

Planting the Crop


0 # Really enjoyed this articleJon Caputo 2009-07-15 03:31
Thanks James!

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0 # great articleslyder 2009-07-17 08:13
i want a garden but think tomatos and corn is boring. This would make the neighbors talk!!

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+1 # interestingJonathan Garlow 2009-07-18 00:09
I am a native american and have a bunch of traditional seeds of tobacco normally used for ceremonies but I'm going to try rolling my own cigars with it and see what it smokes like. Might be really strong. Interesting that this article is so timely for me.

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