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 Post subject: Connecticut Shade
PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 2:58 pm 
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I recently watched a video about growing Connecticut shade tobacco. The company had their entire field covered with a shade cloth to prevent too much heat and sunlight on the plants. The guy said that too much heat and light will produce overly thick leaves; henceforth, you can't use the leaves as a wrapper. I'm perplexed about what to do. I'm a poor college student and don't have the $ to buy a huge roll of cloth. Plus, I wouldn't even know how to set it up. Any other routes I could take?


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 Post subject: Re: Connecticut Shade
PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 3:59 pm 
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Ras,

Guess you'll need to go with what you got!

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 Post subject: Re: Connecticut Shade
PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 7:35 pm 
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Rc,
Great pic! Hey, I researched a bit more and people say cheese cloth will work. What do you think?
Ras


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 Post subject: Re: Connecticut Shade
PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 9:51 pm 
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Got any trees around? Plant it under them. Or plant it on the side of the house where it is in the shade half the day.

Here's an interesting article I recently came across on Connecticut Shade tobacco.
http://www.ct.com/news/advocates/latest ... 8089.story


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 Post subject: Re: Connecticut Shade
PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 6:44 am 
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Thanks for the article. I will try to plant them in the shade. Honestly, if I knew it was going to be as tough as the article says it is, I would not have purchased the shade seeds for my first baccy crop. Thanks again!


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 Post subject: Re: Connecticut Shade
PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 8:27 am 
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You could plant Florida Sumatra. It makes a nice wrapper even when planted in full sun. Don't get too hung up on needing shade grown tobacco for wrappers. It certainly makes for a pretty wrapper but a full sun grown leaf will work as a wrapper, it'll just be thicker and not as pretty once rolled. You could also build a relatively cheap shade tent. Just use some metal conduit ( or even PVC) and drape cloth over it.


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 Post subject: Re: Connecticut Shade
PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 11:47 am 
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Thanks Jitterbugdude!
What do you think would be the proper sun-shade ratio? I have read several articles about the conn. shade plant, however, I am unable to track down the thickness of the cloth and how much sun light should permeate through it.


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 Post subject: Re: Connecticut Shade
PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 4:04 pm 
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Shade cloth is rated as a "Percent ". Anything from 20 to 40% will work. Above that the plant gets too much shade and the wrapper leaf is not too good. I used 57% shade cloth one year and although the leaf was nice and thin it seem to be devoid of any oils. It did not stretch too well. I stick with 40%. Also, the tobacco does not have to be under the shade cloth all day long. I draped some shade cloth on top of my trellis one year. The tobacco was shaded for about half the day. The leaf came out the same as when I have the plant completely shaded.


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 Post subject: Re: Connecticut Shade
PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 5:30 pm 
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You have great insight. I am looking into an inexpensive shade cloth. Thank you so much.


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 Post subject: Re: Connecticut Shade
PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2014 7:12 am 
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Ras, Agribon AGC-15 is the least expensive insect barrier you can buy and it is good for 15% shade.
it will probably last only 1 season, then you can cut it up to make seed bags.
They got it at amazon.

I would do as JBD says and just put up something to shield the plant from the fiercest rays of the sun in the afternoon.
Or just grow the plants and see how they turn out!
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