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I'm a new guy here, but I thought I would share this year I decided to try and grow my own tobacco for cigars and pipe tobacco, and so far everything has been going well
we grew some Virginia, burley, maryland , and an oriental, I don't know specific strains as we bought our seed from ebay

Here they were in july along with my gardener of 26 years
all of these pics were taken in the first week of the month

and then again in august



and then here they are is sept



a storm blew over a couple of plats last week so we did a rescue harvest and picked some of the leaves, at first I wasn't sure if they were ready and would turn yellow/brown while hanging, but things seem to be working out, they seem to be coloring just fine


Most of the rest of the Toebacky patch looks like this





All Summer My wife would get excited when she would see Lady bugs reproducing and she would say "I'm building a Lady Bug Army to eat all of the aphids" well I'll be darned if she didn't this lil critter is a Lady Bird Beetle larvae, and the plants are covered with them



So now all I have to do is hope I do't screw up the curing process and learn how to case tobacco for pipe smoking and learn how to roll cigars and everything should be fine.... hmmm we will see how that goes

Thanks for looking,
Harry
 
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Seeds.. Newhope seed company, all heirloom seeds and lots of variety.
Thanks Everyone!

Thanks Jeebs
I belong to another forum all about growing tobacco they actually have a seed bank and if you promise to bag and return seeds they will give them to you, they work very hard to keep the strains pure
and they are always happy to answer questions too, I just get nervous cause I have never done it before

Sorry Brad this is my first go at doing this stuff I havent gotten as far as a casing recipe yet
 
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:th1: Superb :appl:
my casing recipe was just to think of what was to hand and sweet + sticky :-
x4 Tablespoons boiling water, (the next batch I used Lapsang Souchong tea)
and add
x1 Tablespoon Maple syrup
x1 Tablespoon Honey
x1 Teaspoon Black Treacle
x1 Teaspoon Brown Cane Sugar
stir to mix then let cool and add
x 2 Tablespoons Whiskey
x 2 Tablespoons Brandy
x 1/2 Teaspoon vegetable Glycerine
x 10 drops Vanilla extract
this went into a small sprayer
I need to learn how to make bricks like this!




worked a treat and it's smoking just fine for me :ohyh:
Looking forward to seeing your finished product :toast:
 

jhelms

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I am curious. It is almost Christmas...how is your curing and processing coming? Did it work out well. What would you do different. Was it worth the effort? I am a brewer and a mead maker and I have to say that even though some batches are better than others, it is always worth the effort! I hope it was for you.
 

bubbagump

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Those are some great looking plants you've got there. My plants made it to about 5' tall, but never flowered. I think there just wasnt enough light in the backyard for them to reach their full potential.
 

sorringowl

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Wow! Very Cool, BigCasino! And nice bricks, Wicker!

Always wanted to try this, but, from the looks of those towering plants, looks like you need a bit of growing room. Does anyone know how tobacco plants do in big pots?
Can you mention the name of that tobacco growing forum you're on, BC? Thanks for sharing!
 

bubbagump

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Wow! Very Cool, BigCasino! And nice bricks, Wicker!

Always wanted to try this, but, from the looks of those towering plants, looks like you need a bit of growing room. Does anyone know how tobacco plants do in big pots?

Can you mention the name of that tobacco growing forum you're on, BC? Thanks for sharing!
You can use a bucket or large pot. The problem that I ran into with my bucket plant is that I didn't want to destroy a perfectly good bucket by drilling drainage holes in the bottom of it. If I'd drilled holes in the bottom of the sides and dumped ~2" worth of crushed stone in the bottom (to keep the holes from plugging up)...I think it would have done just fine.

You need LOTS of light though...from the time they're little bitty sprouts. I think my plants were held back by insufficient lighting from day one. I've got a few ideas to try out next spring (i.e. put a raised bed on the other side of my lawn...where there's more direct light).


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