How to Grow & Harvest Tobacco Seeds

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How to Grow & Harvest Tobacco Seeds
Home gardeners can easily grow tobacco plants. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Home gardeners can easily grow tobacco plants (Nicotiana tabacum) from seed for landscaping or tobacco consumption. Plant tobacco seeds in full sun since lack of sun results in small plants with thin leaves. Well-drained soil is essential when planting tobacco seeds. Roots need aeration for vigorous growth and waterlogged soil could result in the death of the plants. Ideal soil pH for tobacco plants is 5.8. Use dolomite lime to raise soil pH if necessary. Purchase tobacco seeds for starting plants from online vendors who specialise in home tobacco gardening.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Tobacco seeds
  • Potting soil
  • 4-inch plastic pot
  • Water soluble all purpose fertiliser
  • All purpose granular fertiliser

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  1. 1

    Fill a pot with potting soil, sprinkle seed and press into the soil. Tobacco seeds are very tiny with 300,000 seeds per ounce. Plant them close to the surface of the soil. Water the seeds with a fine spray of water-soluble all-purpose fertiliser.

  2. 2

    Place the pot in sunny location for 50 to 60 days until plants are 6 to 8 inches high. Keep the soil moist while seeds are germinating and seedlings grow.

  3. 3

    Transplant seedlings after no danger of frost in tilled soil spaced 24 inches apart. Water after transplanting and keep soil moist during the growing season.

  4. 4

    Mix granular fertiliser into the soil according to the manufacturer's recommended concentration after transplanting. Avoid applying it close to the plant's stem since this could damage the roots. Apply fertiliser as needed during the growing season to maintain dark green leaf colour. Do not fertilise after flowers begin to form.

  5. 5

    Harvest seeds after seed pods turn brown and become dry and brittle. Break off the top of the seed pod and place the tiny seeds in an envelope. Seeds will remain viable for the next growing season.

Tips and warnings

  • Use insecticides to control insect pests such as budworms, aphids and hornworms.
  • Keep weeds controlled for best plant growth.

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