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#1 WDoyle

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 11:05 PM

I've been growing for a couple of years. Active on a couple of grower forums. Kinda migrated over here b/c I love Genepi and am trying to come up with an infusion to match it :D

I just wanted to get a show of hands of anyone who also might be a fellow tobacco farmer or home-hobbyist like myself


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Posted 11 January 2012 - 11:53 PM

You might be interested in this stuff.


This is pretty good too.

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 12:41 PM

I thought I'd made a post here last year when I started growing tobacco, but I guess not. I did make a post on my blog though.

I tried a bunch of varieties just to see which would do best in our cooler climate and short season:

Izmir-Ozbas, Black Sea Samsun, Cuban Criollo 98, Habano 2K, and Burley Original, Xanthi Yaka, Perique, Peruvian Rustic, Smyrna No 9, Lattaquie 92 and about a dozen others.

The most promising were the Izmir, Xanthi and Habano 2K.

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#4 WDoyle

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 02:43 PM

I thought I'd made a post here last year when I started growing tobacco, but I guess not. I did make a post on my blog though.

I tried a bunch of varieties just to see which would do best in our cooler climate and short season:

Izmir-Ozbas, Black Sea Samsun, Cuban Criollo 98, Habano 2K, and Burley Original, Xanthi Yaka, Perique, Peruvian Rustic, Smyrna No 9, Lattaquie 92 and about a dozen others.

The most promising were the Izmir, Xanthi and Habano 2K.


don't forget that a lot of those 'turkish' varieties are grown in the foothills and lower-mountain regions. also in Afghanistan/Pakistan. very cold at night, even in summer. shorty seasons. yes. Down here in Central FL, we get pretty warm* all year round. I can pack about 3 seasons, 2 comfortably. I lost last season's Havana due to perfect-storm of lubbers, hornworms, then target spot. :( Black Mammoth and Poquonoc did REALLY well in my yard, but seemed very high in nicotine for me :) I had picked up the Havana (H143? i don't think they were H503) transplants from a grower on the howtogrowtobacco guild forums. I only have enough yard for about 30 plants (before the girlfriend notices the yard/garden takeover. I'm hoping to fill in some of the other areas with growbags of genepi and maybe pontica for some vodka infusions :)

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 04:06 PM

You might be interested in this stuff.


This is pretty good too.



ahhh... Perique! I had some nice homemade Perique from a guild member. Had the Louisiana Red Burley nice and big, then color cured + pressed in an oak box/barrel under some giant dead-weights. really yummy stuff. smelled like currants and raisins! I'm curious what a liqueur made from tobacco would taste like. Luscious Oily Lesbians!.

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 04:17 PM

It would be interesting. I'm a huge (240+ pounds) fan of Perique. *smile*

Perique liqueur is worth buying. Just my humble opinion of course.
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#7 Julie Legate

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 07:58 PM

What Bill said about the Perique. It is good stuff. A word of caution about the pontica. That stuff is invasive as hell. At least it is here on the Ridge. Great if you want to produce a ton but not so great if the Girlfriend doesn't want it in the yard.
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#8 WDoyle

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 11:17 PM

What Bill said about the Perique. It is good stuff. A word of caution about the pontica. That stuff is invasive as hell. At least it is here on the Ridge. Great if you want to produce a ton but not so great if the Girlfriend doesn't want it in the yard.


Well, if it's really invasive, I'll just have to work hard to harvest as much as I can and keep it as contained as possible. Otherwise, I'll just have to put more edible/culinary things into the garden to make the gf happy :)

What's the best way to work out a deal/trade/beg/borrow some seed/rhizomes for glacialis, pontica, etc? (i'm looking for something that will be good for a genepi infusion).

I have some Maryland tobacco miniatures (7"-12" tall) to trade ;-) It's Winter time and I need an excuse to keep my grow kit lit up. Seems that's the only real *daylight* I get to see when I'm not in the office. Luscious Oily Lesbians!.

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 04:36 AM

Just a little point of protocol, it's not necessary and a little irritating to quote the previous post you're responding to. The exception would be, if you're responding to a particular part of the previous post. For example:

What's the best way to work out a deal/trade/beg/borrow some seed/rhizomes for glacialis, pontica, etc? (i'm looking for something that will be good for a genepi infusion).

Mostly, you would just need to be patient until we begin to thaw up here. Once I can finally get a shovel into the ground, I'd be happy to ship a little rhizome-rich soil your way in exchange for anything interesting. PM me your address and remind me again in April. :cheers:

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 07:28 AM

:( sorry. was hitting the 'reply' button below the last post. I'm accessing the site via remote-session and that reply button happens to be the fastest one to get to fighting some screen/scroll delay. I'll fight that urge (or at least delete the <quote> text). Mea maxima culpa.

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 02:21 PM

Well, if it's really invasive, I'll just have to work hard to harvest as much as I can and keep it as contained as possible. Otherwise, I'll just have to put more edible/culinary things into the garden to make the gf happy :)


I'm only sort of joking about how invasive it is. You'll want to keep your pontica and glacialis separated. The pontica will try to overrun the glacialis. If your gf doesn't grow to like it then she can always stomp on it. I taught my grandson to do that last spring. He had a blast.
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