Could you hang the whole plant so the leaves aren't cut off from moisture so quickly? Ocean breezes could accelerate drying. Have you tried hanging them or drying them in piles to slow down the moisture loss? How about drying them on the grass with a plastic cover. It would sweat them and mositure from the ground would help too.
so i harvested some tobacco(nicotiana glauca) and the leaves arent driyng right. im trying the sun curing but the leaves get super dry that they almost crumble. AND the leaves are drying green. what im wondering is what am i doing wrong? i dont think its too hot because i live right next to the sea. also i remember reading that some toobacco strains are green when ripe. is this the case with tree tobacco? i figured the green leaves were ripe because the snapped off like celery. any help is greatly appreciated