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 Post subject: First time growing log
PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 6:06 am 
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This is my first journey to the world of growing tobacco, let's see how it goes.
Some 20 years ago I did grow something else, so I'd say the basics of growing are known issues, but there are always something new coming up with different plants, I am sure.

There are three strains; Virginia Gold #1, Original Burley and Habano 2000 which I received 31th January and in the evening of that day I put the seeds into soil to germinate.

The first one to pop up was Burley after three days and on the fifth day every strain had some tiny seedlings showing up.

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 Post subject: Re: First time growing log
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16 days had passed and the seedlings looked like they needed a bigger pot to continue growing.

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On the 18th day I replanted the seedlings to 12cm (5") pots.

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Five days later they seem to be quite ok. When replanting I handled the first seedlings a bit too roughly so some roots were cut off of Habanos (on the right side). It delayed their growing for a couple of days.

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On 26th of February I replanted the seedlings one more time to their final pots. This time very carefully. Pots could be bigger, but I decided to go with these.

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Four weeks gone and they start to grow like beasts.

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Four weeks and three days...

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Four weeks and six days...

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Five weeks one day... This is crazy!

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 Post subject: Re: First time growing log
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Removed suckers from every plant in 10th March.
Now it's 12th March and they have been growing for five weeks and five days and look like this.

From now on I'll go live with the log.

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Hi Petrock, this is amazing! :D
Applause!
good job and have fun!


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 Post subject: Re: First time growing log
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Thanks MAB, I will!

Today I built a mini testing environment for color curing using leaves removed last weekend. Had them piled for five days in a small box and they started to get yellow and brown quite well. Those green leaves were in the middle of the pile and they have not yet released chlorofyll. Should have made a thinner pile.
The plastic box is in sauna which is about 30C all the time. Boveda packs keep up moisture at about 70RH when leaves have released their water content. Leaves are hanging in stainless steel hooks. I hope stainless is enough as I don't want to go hunting for acid proof wire.
If this is a working arrangement, then I have to think how to build it in larger scale. It will not be too tricky I assume.

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 Post subject: Re: First time growing log
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Hi Petrock,
you say "build it in larger scale" ... what you think you will be your " problem"? Heat or humidity?


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 Post subject: Re: First time growing log
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MAB wrote:
Hi Petrock,
you say "build it in larger scale" ... what you think you will be your " problem"? Heat or humidity?


Humidity will be the problem. It's about 17%RH at the moment, so leaves will dry in a couple of days and stay green. From July to September it will be humid enough to hang leaves in free air, but not any other months. I can possibly place some buckets of water in sauna to produce higher humidity, but it will not be stable enough I guess.


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It's time for some bad news. Noticed on Sunday that Habanos have started to bloom. So, I've done something wrong, or maybe the red light, or... I cut flowers immediately away.

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Habanos also started to increase their height a week ago, it's now a bit difficult to share light equally to all plants. Burleys and Virginias have also started to get taller, but slower. Luckily there's no flowers appearing on B and V. Yes, there are too many plants in there - and partly out here also.

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