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    Re: Anybody tried growing your own?

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post
    I was just in Kentucky and saw quite a bit in the fields -- I was surprised how much, actually. I think it's a beautiful plant. Almost otherworldly.
    Yes they are beautiful but dangerous, much like a lot of other things.
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    Re: Anybody tried growing your own?

    Yep, they are pretty to look at. I have them planted at the distillery, people always say, what is that? They can be dangerous, but lots of things can be. One note is, you have to be careful working on them, you can get quite a buzz from touching them too much.

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    Re: Anybody tried growing your own?

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post
    Almost otherworldly.
    Quote Originally Posted by OscarV View Post
    Yes they are beautiful but dangerous,
    Quote Originally Posted by tmckenzie View Post
    Yep, they are pretty to look at, you can get quite a buzz from touching them too much.
    Um,...we talking about tobacco or women?
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    Re: Anybody tried growing your own?

    There are a lot of ornamental varieties too. Sold as Nicotinana (the genus name) or something like that. They do well in pots or in in mixed beds. Always wanted to grow some myself, but never had the right place for it.
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    Re: Anybody tried growing your own?

    Definitely dangerous. People get crazy sick from working in the fields. Tobacco poisoning is a bitch.

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    Re: Anybody tried growing your own?

    I never bothered with this for two reasons, first, you can't be an organic gardener and grow tobacco. If you get tobacco beetles, they are a tough thing to get rid of. And second (and most importantly for me), there is a reason that the best tobacco is grown in regions like Cuba, Nicaragua, etc. That is where the climate, soil and so on is the best to grow the leaf. Yes VA, the Carolinas, etc grow tobacco, but that is the stuff that gets blended for cigarettes and cheap chopped leaf cigars. So, I just leave the growing to those that are in the right area for it.

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    Re: Anybody tried growing your own?

    i have grown some tobacco the last few years (habana 2000 and criollo strains) and roll them up too. its kind of fun, and this year i had 10 plants. the leaves are sitting in a large cooler resting now, but i rolled some up already.

    had one plant that reached 9 foot tall.

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    Re: Anybody tried growing your own?

    Quote Originally Posted by JayMonster View Post
    I never bothered with this for two reasons, first, you can't be an organic gardener and grow tobacco. If you get tobacco beetles, they are a tough thing to get rid of. And second (and most importantly for me), there is a reason that the best tobacco is grown in regions like Cuba, Nicaragua, etc. That is where the climate, soil and so on is the best to grow the leaf. Yes VA, the Carolinas, etc grow tobacco, but that is the stuff that gets blended for cigarettes and cheap chopped leaf cigars. So, I just leave the growing to those that are in the right area for it.
    there is a cigar called the la casita made by tatuaje that is 100% connecticut shade and its one heck of a smoke. hard to believe its all grown in the states, i think they sneaked some nicaraguan tobacco in it or something!

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    Re: Anybody tried growing your own?

    Back in the late 1980's I lived in Hadley, MA, a farm town bordering on Amherst, in a house about 500 feet from the Connecticut River. The Connecticut River Valley tobacco growing region extends up and down the river valley, and Hadley's right in the middle of it.

    Our landlord was (is) a farmer, growing tobacco, potatoes, silage corn, a little asparagus, and some strawberries; by far his most profitable crop was when he had a good tobacco season. The curing barns (always referred to as drying barns (or sheds)) were all around the house in the fields, and even 25 years on, I can sharply remember the late-summer aroma of drying tobacco.

    Cigar Aficionado ran a great article back in 1992 about the cultivation process for Connecticut shade-grown:

    http://www.cigaraficionado.com/webfe...necticut_7833/

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    Re: Anybody tried growing your own?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kalessin View Post
    Back in the late 1980's I lived in Hadley, MA, a farm town bordering on Amherst, in a house about 500 feet from the Connecticut River. The Connecticut River Valley tobacco growing region extends up and down the river valley, and Hadley's right in the middle of it.

    Our landlord was (is) a farmer, growing tobacco, potatoes, silage corn, a little asparagus, and some strawberries; by far his most profitable crop was when he had a good tobacco season. The curing barns (always referred to as drying barns (or sheds)) were all around the house in the fields, and even 25 years on, I can sharply remember the late-summer aroma of drying tobacco.

    Cigar Aficionado ran a great article back in 1992 about the cultivation process for Connecticut shade-grown:

    http://www.cigaraficionado.com/webfe...necticut_7833/
    Hadley sure is great this time of year! Thanks for the link. I knew that the local tobacco was supposed to be nice, good to get some facts. There used to be pouches of locally grown tobacco for cheap, but I haven't seen them in years. They were supposedly real nice for the roll em yourself crowd.

 

 

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