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how to grow/dry tobacco?  RSS feed

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So this summer I planted a flowering tobacco, and since it had huge prolific leaves anyway, decided to harvest and dry some leaves for a smoker friend of mine. So my first question is: can Any tobacco be smoked or is there just one species?

Also, it was kind of difficult to dry, its sticky. And I'm sure I'm not 'curing' it, I just left it on a table in a dark room till it turned crispy brown. But, second question: how do I actually dry it if its going to be smoked?

And then, I have a client who's interested in growing it in an edible hedge. So, since I want this planting to be a bit more professional, I did an internet search which came up with 'Nicotiana langsdorffii' as 'Tobacco' and  not 'Flowering Tobacco', does that mean it's The One? But, alas, I didn't find much about growth habit, when to harvest, etc associated with this particular species. Is it not the one?
Any suggestions?
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There are different varieties of tobacco, some tastier than others. Here's a source for some smoking tobacco varieties (see Nicotiana):

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the goverment will send you free seeds from its repository for tests etc there is a forum some where of how to grow dry and cure tobacco
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