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Originally posted by ZeroReady
I remember from history class that tobacco is a pretty labor intensive crop. That's why slaves were so attractive to tobacco farmers. Takes a lot more nutes out of the soil than food crops too. Requires more land due to needed crop rotation. I don't know, I would say just kick the habit before cigarettes disappear and spend time and energy on life sustaining crops.
Originally posted by MzMorbid
That's a great idea. I've wanted to try and find some seeds as well- I don't know if tobacco would grow well in New York though...maybe in a green house with good lights and humidity.
It'd probably be illegal in New York though pretty much every thing is.
Starting and Growing Tobacco from Seeds.
Tobacco is a relatively easy plant to grow and can be grown as far north as Canada and Alaska with the proper planning and preparation.
Sorry, we cannot ship plants to California, Hawaii, Alaska or Internationally.
Originally posted by Bob Sholtz
if you're going to smoke tobacco that you grow, make sure you know how to cure it properly. one drop of pure nicotine on the tongue will kill a person.
Harvesting and Curing
A lot of unmitigated drivel is put about over the difficulty of curing tobacco. I believe that it's an evil plou sitet put out by the tobacco magnates and perpetuated by our respective but seldom respected or respectable Governments to wring money from us unnecessarily. Curing tobacco is basically the drying of it in a moderately controlled environment. There are all sorts of bells and whistles you can add to enhance the end result, but YOU DON'T HAVE TO! You can make a perfectly acceptable product by just drying the leaves adequately, slicing them thinly, rolling them in cigarette paper, and setting them alight, - so put that in your pipe and smoke it! theoldfirm.hubpages.com...
Originally posted by ZeroReady
reply to post by Destinyone
Sure but as with any plant that requires curing before smoking/using, you're going to lose a lot of weight during the curing process. Might think you have a big harvest, but after it's dried you find you only have a third of your crop that's usable. Plants are mostly water. Drying and Curing removes that water. A few rows of tobacco - just don't think it would be worth the energy. You'd need lots and lots to end up with a harvest of usable size. And as another poster stated, it's pretty gross and useless without refinement and chemical additions that Phillip Morris has been perfecting for the last 300 or so years.
If bartering is what you're intending, I'd say learn how to hand-load .22 rounds. Those will be much more valuable than a few oz of tobacco that will take most of a year to get.
ETA: Sorry. Not to poohpooh on your idea - it's good you're thinking outside the box. I would just suggest more thinking before devoting any usable land to growing tobacco.
edit on 7-8-2011 by ZeroReady because: (no reason given)