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 Post subject: Wintering Over Plants
PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 1:00 pm 
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I harvested my plants (9) last year by simply cutting the entire stock at the base. Then, magically, they started to grow back. Because I grew then in 5 gallon buckets I simply moved the plants to my garage. They are doing pretty well even after a few nights in the teens. It seems to stay between 40 and 50 degrees in the garage. I take them outside when the weather is going to be over 60 degrees.
Can I grow tobacco like a perennial?
Would I need to add fertilizer to replenish the soil in the buckets?
What's the best fertilizer and soil augmentation (manure, pot ash, nitrogen....)?


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 Post subject: Re: Wintering Over Plants
PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2017 11:51 am 
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..."Can I grow tobacco like a perennial?"...

yup, because it is a perennial. We all treat it like an annual because most of us live where it is too cold for them to survive the winter. Just don't let them freeze. Your soil will be depleted so fertilize them in the spring as soon as you can take them back out. I have some Tomentosa I am wintering over in the house. There was someone here in this forum who lived in NZ who had plants that were 4 years old.


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 Post subject: Re: Wintering Over Plants
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What temperature would be the minimum unbearable for tobacco?


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 Post subject: Re: Wintering Over Plants
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Thanks Skychaser. Wow, 4 years. Ok, I'll get them through the winter and then feed then once they are outside for the season.


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 Post subject: Re: Wintering Over Plants
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I left some plants in the ground outside and they managed (barely) at temperatures in the upper 30s. They got burned and died, or they look dead, at freezing. Based on my observations, I believe to keep them healthy you need to keep them above 45 degrees. I left them out in their buckets for a night, by mistake, when it got down between 40 and 45 and, they did not like it. Don't forget to water them.

I think the idea is to keep them alive, but don't let the grow too fast. So, guessing here, a grow light and fertilizer during the winter over period is not a good thing. Or, maybe it is if you have a green house. I don't know how many harvest a year you can get if you have the plants live in "perpetual summer".


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 Post subject: Re: Wintering Over Plants
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warrencarp wrote:
william.lee
I left some plants in the ground outside and they managed (barely) at temperatures in the upper 30s. They got burned and died, or they look dead, at freezing. Based on my observations, I believe to keep them healthy you need to keep them above 45 degrees. I left them out in their buckets for a night, by mistake, when it got down between 40 and 45 and, they did not like it. Don't forget to water them.

I think the idea is to keep them alive, but don't let the grow too fast. So, guessing here, a grow light and fertilizer during the winter over period is not a good thing. Or, maybe it is if you have a green house. I don't know how many harvest a year you can get if you have the plants live in "perpetual summer".


Very good to know!

I didn't know that they were perenials and that people replanted them because of the frosts.

Since I'm planting in vases and winter here gets on the minimum of around 40, I guess leaving them in the basement for the winter is gonna be alright, which would be at least 60. Or do you think they would die due to lack of sun maybe?

Anyway, this year I'm gonna try doing this way.


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 Post subject: Re: Wintering Over Plants
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william.lee wrote:
warrencarp wrote:
william.lee
I left some plants in the ground outside and they managed (barely) at temperatures in the upper 30s. They got burned and died, or they look dead, at freezing. Based on my observations, I believe to keep them healthy you need to keep them above 45 degrees. I left them out in their buckets for a night, by mistake, when it got down between 40 and 45 and, they did not like it. Don't forget to water them.

I think the idea is to keep them alive, but don't let the grow too fast. So, guessing here, a grow light and fertilizer during the winter over period is not a good thing. Or, maybe it is if you have a green house. I don't know how many harvest a year you can get if you have the plants live in "perpetual summer".


Very good to know!

I didn't know that they were perenials and that people replanted them because of the frosts.

Since I'm planting in vases and winter here gets on the minimum of around 40, I guess leaving them in the basement for the winter is gonna be alright, which would be at least 60. Or do you think they would die due to lack of sun maybe?

Anyway, this year I'm gonna try doing this way.


Wow. How are the Hawaiian Islands this time of year? 8)
I don't think the plants are going to do well without sunshine (full spectrum light). In fact, between naps in my H.S. Bio class, I think I caught that plants need sunshine. Something about photosynthesis. :wink:


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