Virginia Tobacco Seeds
Virginia Tobacco Seeds
Chemical-free farm-grown Virginia Tobacco (Nicotiana tabaccum) seeds for organic growing.
All seed varieties are grown at our farm, Fireweed, or gathered sustainably from the near by wilds. We gather, process, and package every seed variety we carry ourselves with love and care in small batches. We never purchase seeds from outside sources to resell to you. All of our varieties are open-pollinated, grown without the use of chemicals, hybrid-free and GMO-free.
1 pkg (approx 80-100 seeds)
Virginia Tobacco, Smoking Tobacco, Cultivated Tobacco
Solanaceae (Nightshade Family)
Stately and majestic plants grow to 6ft tall with large light-green leaves that are sticky with resin. Tubular pink flowers with pale yellow centres.
Tobacco needs all the sun you can give it, decent soil (the more fertile the better), and regular waterings to help it establish. The high humidity environment of the green house is also beneficial but not necessary.
Tobacco seeds are very easy to germinate and the seedlings are fast growing. It is best started a month or so early (mid-April) in our temperate climate and then transplanted out when the night temps are warmer in mid-May.
Tobacco plants like regular water throughout the growing season, if soil is deficient then adding compost, or a feeding of kelp and/or fish fertilized is recommended to encourage large leaf growth.
Once the plants begin to flower the plants can be cut at the base and hung to dry, alternatively the leaves may be harvested individually. For use as a smoking herb, the tobacco leaves must be processed by curing, fermenting, and aging. After a curing period of several months to years, the leaves undergo a fermentation process where they are layered in barrels, next they are dried and aged once again to enhance the flavours and the burning qualities.
I use Tobacco leaves not for smoking, but for spiritual offerings. For this purpose they do not have to be fermented. Instead, I wilt the whole leaves for a day or two, then roll each leaf individually into a loose cigar shape and dry them that way.
This species has been in cultivation for hundreds of years for its mind-altering effects. Revered and respected as a sacred plant since ancient times, Tobacco is used for offering and purification. In ceremony, tobacco smoke is used to carry one's thoughts and prayers to the Creator.
Growing the large and graceful Tobacco plants one can feel the light and clear energy they embody. When one sits with the enormous, sticky resinous leaves and tubular pink flowers, a grounding and expansive energy can be felt that invokes a sense of r-e-s-p-e-c-t. The plants take you on a journey.
Attracts Pollinators, Deer Resistant, Apothecary Garden, Sacred Medicine Garden.