I only have about 15 plants, some of them in pots, this year, but its enough to play with.
I think the idea is basically to dry it very slowly, but leave a bit of moisture which causes it to burn slowly and consistently.
I'm not sure if curing effects the nicotine content or not, but "rustica" is supposed to be almost 10 times the content as more common varieties.
I forgot to say I am growing five or six of these tobacco plants myself this year. They are fuzzy leaved and appear to be dealing well with our very wet spring. I quit smoking last year but I will have to try these if they come out all right!
Ha.. thats what I said.
I ordered the seed before I quit though, and me, I just cannot
leave ANY seed laying around without trying to grow it.
So I grew about 8 plants.
Then, I had to try it.
I smoked all of it.
Hopi Tobacco is really strong and I got to feelin pretty loopy off it, almost trippy... It's a strong smoke. I don't grow, but I will next year. Nicotiana spray sure is a good repellent for pests though I gotta say...
Don't spill it on the ground. It will kill everything where it soaks in.