tobacco seeds - Knowledgebase Question

jacksonville, Fl
Question by iloveturtles
February 26, 2010
what is the best way i can start tobacco seeds because sofar i havent had any luck


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Answer from NGA
February 26, 2010

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Growing tobacco is not difficult, but the plants will require a little extra care at the beginning. Start them indoors a seed starting tray with a soil mixture of half potting soil and half peat moss. Sprinkle the seeds evenly over the soil (moistening it first) without covering them up since they will need light to germinate. Place them somewhere that remains warm (70-80 degrees). After about eight to ten days you should see them sprout. Next, keep them indoors but put them somewhere with a lower temperature of around 55 degrees. A few more weeks and they will be ready for replanting outside. Plant in full sun, well drained soil heavily amended with compost or manures and keep it well watered throughout the growing season. Certain pests such as horn worms will be a problem, but it would be better to contact your State Department of Agriculture for more guidelines on growing it in your state.

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