My other hobby is growing tobacco from seeds, these pictures show each
stage of growing starting in the late February / early March for the UK
/ Canada / North America. This hobby has been passed on to others and
today around fifty countries are growing tobacco from my seeds. See www.coffinails.com
takes two weeks for the new plants to settle in, and when they get
going its reach for the sky time. This picture would be after
four weeks in the ground.
is a close up of the plant after six weeks, just before the flowers
start to show.
is a close up of the flowers, by now they are five to six foot off
the ground, which makes this an ideal plant for the back boarders
of your garden.
normally a grower cuts off the flowers to put the growth into the
leaf. For me it is the seed I am after, and every flower means 3,000
not want not! Here are the plants with the leaf stripped off. I get
two things out of this, one is tobacco for 100 cigarettes per plant,
and all the goodness is now aimed at the seed pods.
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drying the seed on a home made washing line.
Or under any outdoor lean to or canopy.
is the dried leaf, the picture quality does not do the tobacco justice,
but you get the idea. It could be smoked at this stage, but improves
with curing the tobacco (see curing tobacco button on my site at www.coffinails.com).
In this picture I am wrapping a binder leaf around loose tobacco.
Its called a former, and allows the cigar to dry in a uniform
shape. (see cigar making button on the site)
I am rolling the outside leaf (wrapper) on the cigar.
If you have enjoyed seeing this hobby of mine covering cigarettes,
pipe tobacco, cigars and snuff, then click the link for more information.
Here are two of my twelve grandchildren helping to sieve the seeds
I supply to the home grower.
is the big question, what do you get! Well here it is folks, seeds
instructions, a little history, all sent by airmail for overseas growers.
There are no extras for postage, its all in the one package.