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 Post subject: First time grower - rough plan
PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 9:43 am 
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This season I am going to try my hand at growing some bakkee. Before about two months ago, I knew nothing about how to grow; much less harvest, cure, ferment and what not.
I decided since everyone loves cigars I will try to make some cigars. I always try to set the bar really high.
I bought some seeds from a man in the internet. The types I am going to plant are:

Havana 608
Connecticut Shade Leaf
Connecticut Broadleaf
Florida Sumatra
Dixie Shade Tobacco
Keller Brown
Habano 2000
Cuban Criollo

I dont have a whole lotta space, but I got good soil, lots of sun, and that dammitall humidity. Gonna plant two or four of each variety. Just to see if I can I guess.

I kinda like to do some things just because I still can. Before long, if they get their way, none of us will get to do anything we want anymore. I for one am trying to not let that happen.


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 Post subject: Re: First time grower - rough plan
PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 8:13 am 
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It has been very helpful for me to read as many of the threads as possible.
Over time, I may have read most of them.
Specific advice from other members has been invaluable!!!
This has helped very much when developing my own plan of action, then modifying it, as I learned.
Then along comes the bugs & insects, deer & gophers, stray dogs & cats, the WX, and Mother Nature !
Most definitely, there is always a new challenge!
Good luck.
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 Post subject: Re: First time grower - rough plan
PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2014 11:31 am 
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lovemesomebakkee wrote:

I kinda like to do some things just because I still can. Before long, if they get their way, none of us will get to do anything we want anymore. I for one am trying to not let that happen.


Me too. And you are right. The only way us little people can kill the monster is to not feed it. Starve the Beast!

Those are some good choices of tobacco. I've grown them all but Dixie Shade and Keller Brown. I grew Havana 608 last season. Nice plant and a good producer. Haven't smoked any yet. It's still hanging and aging cos I'm to lazy to build a kiln.

My CT Shade got over 10' high last season! What a pain it was to bag the flowers, but it produces a beautiful leaf. Try to plant it where it is shaded for half of the day and the leaf will be large, flat and thin. Shade leafs grown in full sun often produce crinkled leaves that don't make as good of a wrapper. And you'll need to be vigilant about insect control. Bud worms and horn worms are common in your part of the world and they love tobacco as much as we do.

Good luck to you
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 Post subject: Re: First time grower - rough plan
PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2014 6:48 pm 
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Thanks RC and SC for your replies and support. I will try to get a log going with pix.


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 Post subject: Re: First time grower - rough plan
PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2014 8:18 am 
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Ok, so much for a HTGT log. But anyway I lost one of my plants to the storm last night.

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 Post subject: Re: First time grower - rough plan
PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2014 2:00 pm 
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ok...

as JBD once advised me...

curing is a process of enhancing the slow death of the leaf


simply hanging it up to dry will probably not get the result you desire.

especially when it is immature, and so green.


It should be in a rather humid environment until it yellows...
then you may drop the % humidity and allow it to dry, and brown out.

You are risking a 'flash cure', which is not good.
it will dry green, and forever more taste 'grassy'.

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rc

...been there, done that!
Whew!
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 Post subject: Re: First time grower - rough plan
PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2014 2:19 pm 
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Thanks for the reply RC. Well, there was no chance of saving my plant, it broke at the very bottom. I thought about hanging the whole plant but I wasn't going to do that even when I harvest at the right time. I figured some experimentation with handling and hanging was in order. As far as sun, there's no direct sun where it's hanging. As far as humidity, it's 60% right now and this is about average. Actually it the humidity doesn't get much lower until August when the rains subside. After that it's hurricane season.


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 Post subject: Re: First time grower - rough plan
PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2014 6:09 pm 
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Yes, that is why many of us use the drbob crockpot kiln.
A controlled environment is frequently necessary for those of us not in a great growing/curing environment.

Myself? I needed more humidity! No two ways about it!

Pls, get a 2nd opinion on anything I might say.
There are many detailed threads here on the subject.

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You must have got the same wind we got, but little rain. Push those leaves together closer and watch for mold and worms, with the humidity you might be fine.


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Thanks IJ. Will do. Btw, rained for prolly 5hours straight last night. Sunny now, 90% humidity!


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Today when I inspected my crops, instead of finding one or two microscopic green worms, I found this. Whatever it is I sprayed it with hot bleach.
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Just kidding, Calm down. I left them alone.


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 Post subject: Re: First time grower - rough plan
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lb.... no no! you gotta kill them eggs!
just smush em between thumb and finger... it'll make a hole in the leaf, but better than pests eating!
I think those are some kind of fly eggs, but not sure...
Kill em all!
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I think that the guys are mostly trying to say: Don't get discouraged if those leaves don't cure well. They are too immature. There is always the chance that they will cooperate... but a better chance with that high humidity you speak of, and their immaturity for them to mold or dry green. If they do... It isn't your fault and not representative of mature tobacco... Don't let it get you down, but sure- play around with them see if you can go against the odds and get them to cure.


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Mystery solved. Those little bastards are stink bugs!! They hang out on my bush beans. The good thing is there is a gang of cardinals (the bird) that patrol my garden 24/7. They handle most of the dirty work.
By the way, I think my bakkee plants have some leaves ready to pick. The lower ones are getting pale yellow and the texture resembles bison leather or gator skin. Reckon I should yank em?


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Sure! Start at the bottom and harvest your way to the top as they turn color.


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