18 Tobacco Plant Seed Varieties From Around the World
Little Grayback Farm's International Seeds presents:
THE TOBACCO SHEET
Probably no other plant is used as much for so little to be known about it as is the noble
tobacco plant. While everyone is familiar with the smoking and chewing products
derived from this plant, few people realize its many other uses. It has medicinal values,
makes an extremely valuable ornamental plant and flower garden specimen and is used
to make one of nature's finest biodegradeable, all natural pesticides.
We offer the following selections of Nicotiana:
TA02 JASMINE TOBACCO: Sweet scented alata.
A very sweet scented flowering tobacco
with pure white trumpet shaped flowers 3-4" long and 1-1/2" wide. Very free flowering.
Fall sown seedlings make great pot plants for growing during the winter. A beautiful
addition to any flower garden. It is very popular in Brazil and is fast gaining popularity in
the U.S. $2.20 per pack
TA04 MOUNTAIN TOBACCO: Attenuata.
A graceful and ornamental species with white inch
long flowers flushed pink outside. It is a night blooming annual that grows to 4-5 ft. with
pointed leaves. A very popular tobacco with the Navajo Indians. It is an all purpose plant.
I recommend using it as an ornamental, filler and pesticide base.
TA06 TREE TOBACCO: Glauca.
A graceful tree that grows to 20 ft. with bright trumpet-
flowers and striking glaucous-blue foliage. From Argentina. It makes a wonderful tub
plant. Can be grown outdoors in warm climates and makes a striking garden specimen. It
is highly valued for its chewing, smoking and medicinal uses. It is said to have only trace
nicotine. Hardy to 15 degrees. It will flower when very young. $2.20 per pack
TA08 CHILEAN TOBACCO: Langsdorffi.
A distinctive annual plant that hail from Chile and
has odd green 1 1/2" nodding flowers. An interesting species that grows to about 4 ft. The
flavor of this tobacco is slightly different than others, and it makes a good blending
tobacco. $2.20 per pack
TA10 INDIAN TOBACCO: Rustica.
A half hardy annual that grows to about 3 ft. and is
cultivated worldwide for smoking and nicotine production. Has many yellow flowers that
remain open during the day. It is so potent that it has been used as an arrow poison in
Mexico. Can be raised as far north as Maine. $2.20 per pack
TA12 ARGENTINA TOBACCO: Sylvestris.
A vigorous perennial growing to 5 ft. with large
20" basal leaves and sweet scented drooping white flowers. Try growing this tobacco for
mixing purposes. Its slightly different flavor will blend well with cigarette tobaccos. A
very attractive plant that should be planted in every flower garden.. $2.20 per pack
TA14 COMMON SMOKING TOBACCO: Tabacum Burley.
This is a standard Burley that is
grown in several states. It produces a very good tobacco for cigarettes. Grows to 6 ft. with
red flowers. One of the most widely grown cultivated tobaccos. Has limited disease
resistance. $2.20 per pack
TA16 BURLEY TOBACCO: Tabacum burley var. compact.
A fine commercial strain that is
used for its hardiness and smooth flavor. A must for cigarette making. This plant grows
fast and is a high yield producer. I recommend leaving up to 14 leaves on this plant when
pruning. $2.20 per pack
TA18 IRANIAN TOBACCO. Tabacum Sherai Iranian.
A nice strain of tobacco that is different
than others. It is said to make a good filler and pipe tobacco. Grows 4-6 ft. with foot long
leaves. $2.20 per pack
TA20 SONOMA TOBACCO: Tabacum sonoma.
Considered to be a Burley, this is a huge plant
that grows to 12 ft. with trunks 4" in dia. Withstands light freezes. $2.20 per pack
TA22 DESERT TOBACCO: trigonophylla.
A vigorous annual that grows 1-3 ft. tall from Texas
to California. Has creamy-white flowers. Smoked by the Hopi and Yuma Indians. $2.20 per pack
TA24 MADOLE TOBACCO: Tabacum madole.
A fine commercial variety that is fast
growing and hardy. I recommend growing this one if you smoke cigars. $2.20 per pack
TA26 VELVET TOBACCO. Velutina.
A soft velvety herb from Australia. This is a must for
every flower garden. Has ornamental foliage and bright orange flowers up to 1" in length.
It is said to be a good chewing tobacco and in fact was chewed by the Alyamara
aborigines. Grows to 3 ft. and requires little care. $2.20 per pack
TA28 SMALL STALK BLACK MAMMOTH. Tabacum.
This is a deep dark tobacco that gives
good weight and supports itself very well. This is a tobacco prized by specialty growers
because it provides a great wrapper tobacco or a premium snuff tobacco when ripe. A
good tobacco for beginners learning to roll their own cigars or for first time snuff makers. $2.20 per pack
TA30 TENNESSEE BURLEY #TN90. Tabacum.
This is a standard Tennessee Burley that
produces good yield, high quality tobacco that is favored for cigarettes. This plant has
multiple disease resistance. A vigorous plant that is easy to grow. $2.20 per pack
TA32 HAVANA #142. Tabacum.
An excellent Havana tobacco that produces a quick harvest in
about 65 days. This is a good tobacco for both chewing and cigars. This is an especially
good tobacco for the North and is easily raised as far North as Wisconsin. $2.20 per pack
TA34 HAVANA #608. Tabacum.
Said to be the best Havana for home use. Produces a quick
crop in about 65 days, and is good for cigars or chewing. This plant gives a high yield and
is also recommended for growing in the North. First time growers should definitely try
this one! $2.20 per pack
TA36 ROSE TOBACCO. Nicotiana Tobacum.
A very beautiful and ornamental tobacco plant
that produces loads of rosy, trumpet shaped flowers. This plant is a definite must for all
flower gardens. The tobacco can be smoked or mix with other blends for a unique flavor.
All tobacco seed packets listed on this page are $2.20 each and you should
allow 2- 6 weeks for delivery as most seeds are imported. You can raise most of these
species year round by planting in tubs or containers. All packets contain enough seeds for
25 or more plants (usually many more). Tobacco plants will thrive in good garden soil or potting soil.
TA48 TOBACCO DUST.
This dust is ideal for making a great natural pesticide. Mix 1/8 oz. of
tobacco dust with one tablespoon of black pepper and one teaspoon of liquid
dishwashing detergent. Simply apply as you would a chemical pesticide. This dust is also
very effective sprinkled around the base of plants.
$4.00 per ounce
PLANTING AND RAISING
Raising tobacco is very easy. The seeds you received should be started inside in
flats. In northern states, start the seeds 4-6 weeks before the last frost. Tobacco can be
ready to harvest for curing about 60 days after transplanting, therefore it can be raised in
almost any state. If raising more than one variety of tobacco, use separate flats. A mixture
of peat humus and potting soil should be used. Potting soil only can be used if you select
a high grade of commercial potting soil. Place the mixture into the flats, soak the soil
with water and allow the excess water to drain off. The next day, sprinkle the tobacco
seeds onto the surface of the damp soil. Do not cover the seeds as they need light for
germination. Tobacco seeds are very tiny, so be careful to spread the seeds evenly. Keep
the soil damp being careful not to wash the seeds around when you water. You will begin
to notice sprouts in about two weeks. Transplant outside after all danger of frost is past.
If you have a moderate growing season and can start the seeds outside, try to sow
the seeds where leaves or wood has been burned. The plants will thrive in these spots.
Tobacco requires a lot of nitrogen and potash which is supplied by wood ashes. The
ashes from charcoal grills are also beneficial. I recommend applying a good brand of
garden fertilizer to the area where the plants will be grown. Working in rotted manure is
very good for the plants. Never raise tobacco plants in the same spot in the garden for
over a few years at a time as tobacco plants will totally deplete the nutrients in the soil.
You should space the tobacco plants about 2 ft. apart in rows 3 ft. apart when
practical. The plants are large enough to transplant when the largest leaves are 2" or
larger. Always transplant outside in late evening or when it is cloudy and overcast. Water
plants thoroughly after transplanting and water daily each day until plants have become
established. When growing in tubs, limit the number of plants grown. Tobacco plants
need to be exposed to full sun while growing.
Tobacco roots grow quickly and often close to the surface. Be careful around
plants when hoeing or cultivating around them. Try not to disturb the soil anymore than
necessary. As the plant begins growing, remove all suckers as they will sap the plants
Tobacco plants suffer from several diseases and are attacked by several leaf
chewers. I recommend using sevin dust to control insects. Be cautious not to use any
form of systemic insecticide that will penetrate the leaf. Remember, you may be chewing
or smoking this plant and you do not want to be ingesting chemical residues. For a truly
natural pesticide, purchase an ounce of tobacco dust from us and make your own supply
by mixing one teaspoon tobacco dust, one teaspoon of black pepper and 1/2 teaspoon
liquid soap to one gallon of water.
TA75 THE HOME TOBACCO KIT.
Want to raise your own tobacco products at
home but don't know where to start? Don't have a clue to regulations, how to raise,
harvest and cure tobacco? Then you should have the HOME TOBACCO KIT. This
kit has a handy guide that helps you understand how to plant, raise, harvest, cure and
process your own tobacco products. Did you know you can make your own cigarettes for
as little as $3.50 a carton including the filters and papers? Did you know that even if you
live in the North you can raise a bumper tobacco crop? Make your own cigars or Snuff?,
yes you can do it! Our guide comes with five packs of tobacco seeds ( Madole, Burley,
Mountain, Indian, Rose ) for producing tobacco for Cigars, Cigarettes, Snuff, Chewing,
Insecticides and Ornamental plants. Also included in the guide is an extensive mail order
source list of firms that sell Cigars, Cigarette Tobacco and Tobacco related products by
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