This tobacco variety has been grown here in the US for 400 years and is one of the most mellow tobacco strains there is. For those who like to smoke but don’t like all the junk sprayed on commercial tobacco, growing your own is the best way to be sure of what you are smoking. This variety takes on the flavor of the soil it was grown in. Thus, giving it the best compost, some ash, seaweed, and even pine mulch will bring out all the natural flavors that we organic growers come to expect!
Must sow seed in pots or flats!
Common name: Virginia Smoking Tobacco
Botanical name: Nicotiana tabacum
Type: Tender reseeding annual
Scarification/Stratification: None needed
Sow temp/season: 65-80 F. Late winter to late spring under lights or under protective cover.
Sow depth/spacing: Surface sow and press soil firmly. Sow in flats spaced two seeds per inch.
Final spacing: 18 inches.
Final height/spread: 5 feet tall and two feet spread.
pH range: 5.8 – 7.2
Soil type: Rich well-drained soil with good water retention.
Nutrition Likes lots of Nitrogen, Potassium and Calcium. Add cured manure and rich compost under planting holes during transplant.
Drainage: Does not like soggy soils and wet feet, but likes lots of water during growth and dryish soil during maturity.
Sun: Full sun is key.
Time to maturity: 80 days to maturity.
Propagation: Sow in shallow flats or at least one inch pots/plugs and transplant to at least 4 inch pots, THEN plant in the ground or in at least 5 gallon pots. Can’t direct sow because the seedlings will get trampled by rain because they take so long to get going.
Hybridization: Grow different strains at least 1/4 mile apart to prevent cross pollination.
Uses: Cured leaves used for smoking and fresh or dried plant material used in a tea for a strong insecticide for a wide range of insects.