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 Post subject: when to top turkish
PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 11:50 pm 
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this pic is of an unspecified "turkish" plant in my garden

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How much longer do I leave it before I rip out that bud? What should it look like?


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 Post subject: Re: when to top turkish
PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 8:05 am 
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imo...

i use a $ store thin razor knife and cut off buds and suckers soon as i see them.

if you decide to let some grow for seed, more buds will probably form within a few weeks.

get a 2nd opinion! lol
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 Post subject: Re: when to top turkish
PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 4:36 pm 
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Don't top your turkish varieties. They are meant to have smaller leaves.


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 Post subject: Re: when to top turkish
PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 7:23 am 
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Actually you may top Orientals but not like Burley etc. After priming most of the leaves when the plant looks like this;

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You may cut the buds and promote the upper leaves (uç) to grow a little more.


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 Post subject: Re: when to top turkish
PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 1:05 pm 
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Thanks. I only have three plants so wanted to get the most out of them. They are only the feet high flowers are just about to develop now. Biggest leaves are maybe ten inches. For priming do I still expect see some yellowing? Or do I just pick when the flowers open?


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 Post subject: Re: when to top turkish
PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 6:29 pm 
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I would just start at the bottom when you see any signs of ripening. .browning tips..lighter colour etc..if you're not bagging for seed..top when you see the first flower starting to open. .if you snap top and leave still connected the plant things its still there. .and won't produce sucker growth do quickly. .


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 Post subject: Re: when to top turkish
PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2014 11:19 am 
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I actually just let mine go and do what it wanted to...
Well, this is my bursa... the only 'turkish' I ever grew. And I like it a LOT!
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..if this qualifies under turkish strain...

They did put on a bunch of suckers. some plants I cut em all off, others I let em grow.
These plants even put on 2nd growth that was good!
I strung the 2nd growth like they did in the istanbulin videos. worked great! All the large leaf from original growth I strung through the mid rib on fence wire like I do everything else, though. They were Big leaves! They air cure quickly, don't require long aging, and are great for using in a blend with the burleys!

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 Post subject: Re: when to top turkish
PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 12:48 am 
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I'm planning on trying that seeing I only have three. What did you do rusty? Just cut the stalks down to the bottom sucker after harvest?


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 Post subject: Re: when to top turkish
PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 8:29 am 
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no...

I primed the leaf as the plant grew.
after I got most of the best leaf, I just let em go...
The seed pods were already bagged.
2nd growth started poppin out all over the stripped stalks! lol

...but this strain is bursa... and I really don't know how this strain compares to the others.
which is why I asked, if this qualifies as a 'turkish' or 'oriental' ... whatever...

Most accounts I have heard are of those strains being a smaller leaf and smaller plants.
These, were not so !

They grew to over 8ft tall and 16" comes to mind, for the larger leaf.

Oh, no chemical fertilizers applied...
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 Post subject: Re: when to top turkish
PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 3:49 pm 
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I think I'll leave one to make seed and top the others. The crop is so small it will have to be called experimental anyway. Incidentally. I read in some thread here that somebody noticed that the suckers change smell when the plant nears maturity. This is definitely true. Suckers smell like sour Green leaves until the flower bud starts pushing out petals. Overnight these Turkish suckers smell like fruity perfume. My Virginia is making buds now at three feet high (leaves are huge compared to last year but not so many). No petals on them yet and those suckers still smell like leaves. Will update if the same thing happens. Doesn't bode well for the twenty or so leaves I already have hanging Thanks to dog and wind. I'm guessing they won't be full flavoured all.


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 Post subject: Re: when to top turkish
PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 4:01 pm 
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Incidentally does anyone know exactly what type of "Turkish" this is? that is all it says on the packet. Plants are just under four feet high

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I don't know if you can see, but the leaf narrows to nothing but stem where it connects to the plant stalk, and then there are little fins of leaf material on the stalk itself at the point where the leaf stem connects


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