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 Post subject: large leaf orientals?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 2:34 pm 
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I have purchased three whole leaf Orientals (Yenidje, Izmir, Bitlis) and the leaves are very small (maybe 3 to 5 inches in length). However, when I grew Izmir-Ozbas and Yenidje, the leaves were much larger (approximately 1 foot in length or even larger). :?:

1. I first thought that maybe the whole leaf Orientals that I had purchased were the upper top-most leaves of the plant; but then what do the growers do with the rest of the 95% of the plant?
2. Then I thought that it had to do with the difference in climate; that is, growing in the humid southeast Michigan versus the arid and hot middle east.
3. Another thought could have been a difference in soil.

Has anyone observed this phenomenon? Am I missing something, like topping off to early or to late? How do I get the leaves smaller and more fragrant (my Yenidje did not have the same characteristic aroma and strength of the Yenidje that I had imported from Greece)? I grew my Orientals in full sun in sandy, virgin soil. BTW I had no problems with my other tobaccos (Burleys, Virginias, etc.). Before planting Orientals this year, I want to double-check. Thank you.


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 Post subject: Re: large leaf orientals?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 11:49 am 
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Don't top and don't grow more than 2ft apart.


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 Post subject: Re: large leaf orientals?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 5:17 pm 
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Turkish (depending on the variety) are typically grown very close, something like 6 inches or so apart. Growing a Turkish on 2 foot centers or more will yield a very different plan than normal. The plant will be taller and the leaves will be very large.


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 Post subject: Re: large leaf orientals?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 8:08 am 
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Check this out from another forum:
http://fairtradetobacco.com/threads/388 ... #post67517


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