Shamans Secret Garden: A guide to growing tobacco at home for a fraction of the cost.
Start growing your own tobacco plants at home for shamanic use.
By Dr. Xochipilli
Note: This article is updated regularly.
The Native American shamans have been cultivating and using the tobacco plant since ancient days. They used it in there peace pipes and as offerings for the great spirit. They would often leave small offerings of tobacco, as a sign of thanks to the great spirit.
We have years of experience and offer expert advice and professional tips and techniques so you can start growing your own tobacco right away. It's easier than you think.
IS TOBACCO LEGAL TO GROW?
YES- For personal use it is legal.
NO-Not to sell, You can not sell tobacco without a license from the government. Selling tobacco that you grow is illegal in all countries. Actually in many countries it is illegal to trade or even give tobacco away, so check your local laws.
HOW HARD IS IT TO GROW YOUR OWN TOBACCO?
HOW MUCH TOBACCO SHOULD I GROW
The average number of plants for one person, for one year seems to be about 12 plants. The average number of plants that people grow ranges from 12-24 plants.
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Make sure and get good quality tobacco seeds.
Good seed equals a good plant.
There are many sources online. I would stay away from ebay, because you just don't know what you are getting for sure and we have had some bad luck with the quality of the seed.
Here are a few companies online:
There are many methods to starting your tobacco seeds. Seeds need only three things to grow; warmth, air and dampness. Seedlings do not need light to sprout, they use the energy already packed into the seed. Sow seeds about 24 inches apart. You should start seeds inside for a few weeks before transplanting outdoors. We usually go about 3-5 weeks before moving the plants outside.
METHOD ONE: Wet Paper Towel.
With this method, the seeds are placed between between two damp paper towels. After a few days, the seeds will sprout, then you simply, place the best ones right into soil for growing.
METHOD TWO: Peat Pellet
This method is my favorite. There is less of a harsh transition that could shock the seedlings. Peat pellets come in little disks, that expand with warm water. You simply place the seed in the hole, and wait for the tobacco seedling to outgrow the pellet. When this happens, you just place the peat pellet into a container with soil.
METHOD THREE: Direct in Soil.
This method requires the planting of many tobacco seeds right into the ground. Some will sprout, other will not. Then you must "thin out" the weak ones to give the other strong plants a better chance at life.
Tobacco grows the best in a warm, fertile and well drained soil. Add sand, perlite, or vermiculite to soil for better drainage. If the soil does not drain well, tobacco plants can get what is called rot root, which is hard to fix, once the damage is done.
TOBACCO ORGANIC SOIL MIX
Here is a general organic formula that works well for most gardens.
• One Part Organic Soil mix
• One Part Peat Moss
• One Part Perlite
• 1/4 Part Humus or Compost
• 1/16 Part Organic Fertilizer (mix of: Blood meal, bone meal, cotten-seed meal)
• 1/4 Part Worm Castings
Tobacco plants need to be feed regularly for rapid growth. You can use organic fertilizer for the best tasting tobacco. Hands down, organic fertilized tobacco taste way better than chemically fertilized tobacco, the taste difference is profound. Do not over fertilize, this can kill the plants and lead to bad tasting tobacco. If there are signs of ever federalization, flush the plant with regular water for a few days. Choose a fertilizer that works for tomato plants, a standard 15-15-15 blend works well. A fish emulsion works very well as a all natural organic fertilizer. Never ever use pesticides on any plant used for human consumption.
SUN / LIGHT
The Tobacco plant needs a lot of light, so make sure and place the tobacco plant in a sunny spot. The plant should get 6 hours of direct light a day minimum, more light is preferred.
When the tobacco plant has grown large enough and there is a lot of large leafs, it's ready for harvest and curing. Usually about 4-5 feet tall.
This is the most important step and should not be overlooked. Improper curing can be the main reason for bad tasting tobacco. Curing can take the most time of the whole process. People cure tobacco for a few months to a few years in some cases.
The main thing to keep in mind when curing is a "slow dry" process. The tobacco should not be cured or dried quickly, as this will lead to harsh tasting tobacco.
A cool, dry and airy place is really all that is needed. A controlled environment with minimal temperature and moisture fluctuations is best. You do not want the tobacco leaves to dry to fast that they become brittle and dry out. You also do not want to dry the tobacco to slow, because it can sometimes rot and develop a fungus.
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