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 Post subject: Too late to plant in lower north island, New Zealand?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2016 1:15 am 
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Hi, as above. I have some seedlings which are just reaching the thinning out stage. Has anyone had any success when starting planting at the end of summer? If so, can you share any tips with me? I bought a packet of rolling tobacco a few days ago - $70 NZD for 50 grams!! ($47 USD). That's gonna kill you if the cancer doesn't!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Too late to plant in lower north island, New Zealand?
PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2016 12:34 am 
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tcm, seems to me like it is certainly work a serious try, considering the expensive options.
You could grow them in 5 gallon buckets, on the warm side of your house, to get the most out of the WX.
Build a tent, or lean-to, against the side of the house, from painter's plastic drop cloth. the heavy stuff, 10mil.
If possible, put it up against a window and let some heat out of the house on the coldest nights.
Or you could carry the buckets indoors, on the coldest nights?
Good luck
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 Post subject: Re: Too late to plant in lower north island, New Zealand?
PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 12:53 am 
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thanks for the reply! Will definitely look into that. Great idea using painter/builder drop sheets as the greenhouse specific stuff is really expensive here. Do you think it would be worth using some fertilizer to give it a boost or will i end up with gangly skinny plants? Could you recommend an organic type fertilizer? Cheers! (also, out of interest, what does rolling tobacco cost where you guys are???)


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 Post subject: Re: Too late to plant in lower north island, New Zealand?
PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2016 9:23 pm 
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No fertilizer needed... don't waste the money !
Any sort of halfway decent soil will do well enough, especially for this first attempt.
I think a 12oz bag of cheap pipe tobacco we once used is now $17-18us + 8% tax.
My problem is cigarette papers... even the cheap ones are $2 for a packet of 50 !
3 ounces of chewing tobacco is $5us, here in Kalifornia.
I may switch to cigars because I don't want to try making my own paper !!!
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 Post subject: Re: Too late to plant in lower north island, New Zealand?
PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 5:37 am 
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rizzla papers here are $1nzd a pack so at least they are cheap! Thanks for the advice. They are looking pretty poor so I have decided to whack em under a grow light for a couple of weeks and give them a head start if possible. Have planted another couple of hundred to boost my chances. Does the strain of plant determine how ealry the roots produce nicotine for the plant or is there a general stage in their growth where this happens? cheers


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 Post subject: Re: Too late to plant in lower north island, New Zealand?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2016 9:23 am 
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chin, yes... the strain determines level of content of the plant, and the root system obviously is the raw material acquisition system for the plant. There is evidence that mycorrrhizae is beneficial to this organic process.
Keep in mind, pretty much anything that applies to tomatoes will be effective for baccy.
...With one important exception... we hope to harvest leaves, not fruit.
Do not apply any fertilizer after the plants are knee-high.

And yes, all the active components we might be seeking in the baccy plant are at their peak levels as the plant matures.
Determined by strain, influenced by local conditions.

The African Red strain offered at Northwoodseeds is possibly the strongest.
As a rule, the oriental/turkish strains, and virginias would be lowest.

I'm a burley man ! lol

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