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Tobacco that has Stopped Curing

 
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This was my first year growing tobacco for smoking purposes (I've grown Nicotiana rustica for it's ecological functions.) The first batch I harvested and cured went fantastically, hung in bundles in an outdoor shed. I didn't harvest the second wave until shortly before temperatures started to drop. They began curing but it seems as the temps dropped so did the humidity and they dried out before the chlorophyll had all broken down. I've tried rehydrating them by spraying them with spring water but they still have the slightest green in parts of the leaves and when smoked it's harsh in a way that doesn't feel like it should.

Does anybody know of any hacks or techniques to continue the curing process after the leaves have already fully 'died'? I know technically the curing process happens while there is still life in the leaf. Any tips, tricks, and experiences would be greatly appreciated! Hoping to salvage a substantial portion of my harvest.
 
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I have grown small scale tobacco as well. I would bring a small amount in the house. Maybe place it somewhere humid like a bathroom. I would also put some in a plastic bag and place it in the warmest part of your home. Spray it and leave the bag slightly open to vent.
I decided that I wanted to grow tobacco without the use of chemicals. It was very difficult and never did it again! 😂
 
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Thanks for the tips Scott! I'll give the bag method a try.

My tobacco grow was effortless. I only grew 3 plants but they were enormous, no pest or disease problems, vigorous growth. Two of them were in a mushroom compost semi-hugelkulture bed and the other was in a hugel heavy bed enriched with my homemade thermophilic compost.
Maybe it was your climate though. I'm in NW Arkansas and I know there is a history of tobacco farming here.
 
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Hi Tas, wher i am we have a program where they pull troubled kids out of their urban environments and dump them in the French countryside at farmers without smartphones and all. I tried to interest this kid and asked him what he would grow, he wanted to grow weed and coke, i said no, but we can try tobacco.
He was all ears and i ordered seeds, they grew like crazy, no pests, the kid left but the plants stayed.
I had watched a you tube on how to harvest it and understood just drying was good enough, i just hung them up in the house, they slowly dried.
My smoker friend had said he had no money, so i brought him some to try, i was hoping for him to have a big smile on his face, after rolling an all natural, no pesticides, loved and appreciated plant cigarette and light it and inhale, but he pulled a grimace. Any way i left it with him, and when i met him a few weeks later he wanted more. I said i thought you hated it, but he had no money and needed to smoke and had gotten to kind of like it. Maybe he missed the sugar/chemical spray at first...
Later i found out there were clubs of people growing tobacco, they had all sorts, and there was a big difference amongst the varieties of tobacco. Some where for cigarette machines, others for rolling tobacco. I never got around to ordering a nice rolling tobacco one, a shame really.
I told this story to my brother i law, he said he buys his tobacco in Germany, they sell these machines to chop up whole tobacco leaves, which they sell as cushion filler, saves him a thousand a year.
Less money going to destroy the environment subsidizing mono culture farms and using the soil as a chemicals receptor substrate is a good thing for the earth. I read somewhere people used it in the three sister combination as the fourth sister because of it's pesticide qualities. I've been inhaling pesticide fumes for years and i'm still alive, proof we're not a pest?
Sorry i know nothing about curing tobacco, just anecdotes and fluff. Good luck.
 
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I have grown tobacco for 5 or 6 years. I don't live in a tobacco region. The best technique I've hit on is to stack the fresh leaves in a cardboard box. Every few days I flip the leaves and every few days some of them seem to "flip" from green to brown.

Even after that, I haven't found that they satisfy real smokers until they have "cured" for 2 years or so
 
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Hey Tas, I found my old notes. I put several leaves together and folded them a couple times before placing in the bag. The bag shouldn’t be completely sealed to keep mold at bay. Ideally, place the bag somewhere from 90-125F for five days or so. It may take more time if that temp isn’t achievable. Once it starts to cook it smells like hot urine until the ammonia burns off. Once it starts to smell like a fine tobacco shop take out and dry. Once dry shred, roll and smoke.
 
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