How to Grow Tobacco Plants

Written by kenneth coppens
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If you use tobacco products, it may be beneficial to grow your own tobacco leaves. Not only will you save money, but smoking cigarettes or cigars made with 100-percent natural tobacco is healthier than using store-bought products. It is still an unhealthy habit, but you will eliminate inhaling added chemicals mixed in with mass-produced tobacco products. Growing tobacco requires little to no prior gardening experience.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Hoe

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  1. 1

    Remove debris and other plant matter from the soil. Debris in the soil can prevent the tobacco from growing to its full potential.

  2. 2

    Loosen up all of the soil within the growing area with a hoe. This will help the roots grow faster and deeper into the soil.

  3. 3

    Sprinkle the seeds directly on the soil. Each row of seeds should be 2 feet apart from each other. Do not cover the seeds with soil, as they need sunlight to start the germination process.

  4. 4

    Pour just enough water over the seeds so the ground is slightly moist to the touch. During the first ten days, the soil should feel damp. Do not let it get to the point that it is soggy or dried out. After the leaves sprout, water the plants twice a day.

  5. 5

    Remove the top buds once the leaves start to grow. This will help the top leaves grow thicker and fuller.

  6. 6

    Harvest the leaves in late fall to get the most out of your plants. If the plants begin to die, harvest them sooner.

Tips and warnings

  • Tobacco can usually be transplanted with no major problems. Try starting your tobacco leaves indoors a month before the last frost to ensure an earlier harvest.
  • Tobacco thrives in warm climates. Plant the seeds in the sunniest spot of your garden.

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