My first grow

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  1. BigCasino

    BigCasino Member

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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
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    and then again in august

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    and then here they are is sept

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    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
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    Most of the rest of the Toebacky patch looks like this

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    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

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    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
     


  2. Pariah

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    Looks like you'll be smoking it in just a few weeks now. Nice crop!
     
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  3. BigCasino

    BigCasino Member

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    Thanks, I just hope I don't screw something up during the curing process
     
  4. KingsTarantula

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    That's pretty sweet BigC!
     
  5. BigCasino

    BigCasino Member

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    Thanks Man, wait the tobacco?...LOL
     
  6. rondel65

    rondel65 Misplaces Lighters

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    Man you have some fertile soil where you at. Beautiful plants!
     
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  7. Jeebs

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    Nice...job well done... Cigar..Pennsylivinia Red makes a real nice cigar leaf.
     
  8. Jeebs

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    Seeds.. Newhope seed company, all heirloom seeds and lots of variety.
     
  9. MikeInMaine

    MikeInMaine Passes for human

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    With help like that how can you go wrong?:th1:
     
  10. BradNTX

    BradNTX Well-Known Member

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    Nice looking plants, I'd say they liked your soil and sun just fine. :th1:

    You have any casing recipes?
     
  11. Moose

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    Awesome plants. This and some other threads have motivated me to plant some of my own next year.
     
  12. user3221

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    Looks good so far !

    Just take your time letting it cure and you'll do fine

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  13. BigCasino

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    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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  14. Wicker Man

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

    psquared DGErwin, my horse would like a word with you...

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    Well done BigC. :appl:
     
  16. BigCasino

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    Wicker man, I am completely envious of your bricks, the tobacco used to make them are they fully cured leaves? Or did you kiln them ? Or let them age?
     
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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.
     
  18. 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.
     
  19. 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!
     
  20. bubbagump

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    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).


    https://pipesmokersforum.com/community/threads/progress-so-far.27338/page-5
     
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