Nicotiana

Common name: Tobacco plant

Nicotiana is a scented half hardy annual native to Brazil that can grow to a height of 900mm (3ft) depending upon variety.

The bell like flowers come in many pastel shades including apple green.

The flowers which appear from late June into September open up in the evening and emit a heavy fragrance, providing they have not been planted out in a shaded area.

To get the full benefit of this fragrance plant them in a container and situate it by an open door or window.



All parts of this plant are poisonous if eaten, and the leaves are quite sticky.

Because of this stickyness it is advisable to wash your hands after handling them.

Cultivation

Week 13: Sow seed in pots / trays on the surface of seed compost and germinate at 18°-21°C (64°-70°F)

Germination should take around seven to ten days.

Week 15: When the plants are large enough to handle prick them out into 70mm (3") pots or cell trays, and grow on at 12°-16°C (54°-61°F) until planting out time.

Week 21>: Plant out in a sunny or partially shaded spot 200-300mm (8"-12") apart.

If plugs plants have been purchased mail order, treat them like seedlings.





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