Nicotiana tabacum or tobacco, a native of Tropical America is the plant that is cultivated as the principal source of tobacco. Tobacco has been cultivated since pre-Colombian times. Plants will reach 3-10 foot in containers and is quite showy when in bloom.
Blooming Time: In the greenhouse setting tobacco will bloom all year long. The pink flowers are 11/2 inches long by 1 inch wide.
Culture: Nicotiana tabacum needs a well drained, rich soil mix with full sun to partial shade. We use a soil mix consisting of 2 parts peat moss to 2 parts loam to 1 part sand or perlite. The soil should be kept evenly moist for optimum growth. They do not tolerate drought in containers. The plants are fertilized weekly throughout the year with a balanced fertilizer used at full strength. Spent flower heads should be removed to keep the plant blooming; they can become weedy if this is not done and ultimately die off.
Propagation: Nicotiana tabacum are propagated from seed. Seed germinates in 7-14 days at 65° F.
Nicotiana tabacum was featured as Plant of the Week June 22-28, 2001.
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