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Tobacco, 1000 yr old

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Tobacco, 1000 yr old

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Tobacco, 1000 yr old

3.75

(Nicotiana rustica)

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Common Names
1000yr old Tobacco, Sacred Tobacco

Seeds of this tobacco variety were originally discovered sealed with pitch in pottery in a native burial site, estimated to be over 1000 years old.

Botanical Name
Nicotiana rustica

Plant Family
Solanaceae (Nightshade Family)

Life Cycle
Annual

Native Range
South America

Hardiness Zone
5-11

Habit
3 ft. Broad fuzzy leaves with yellow/green flowers on short spikes. 

Sun/Soil
Tobacco needs all the sun you can give it, decent soil (the more fertile the better), and regular waterings to help it establish. The high humidity environment of the green house is also beneficial but not necessary. 

Germination/Sowing
Tobacco seeds are very easy to germinate and the seedlings are fast growing. It is best started a month or so early (mid-April) in our temperate climate and then transplanted out when the night temps are warmer in mid-May.

Growing/Care 
Tobacco plants like regular water throughout the growing season, if soil is deficient then adding compost, or a feeding of kelp and/or fish fertilized is recommended to encourage large leaf growth.

Harvesting
Once the plants begin to flower the plants can be cut at the base and hung to dry, alternatively the leaves may be harvested individually. For use as a smoking herb, the tobacco leaves must be processed by curing, fermenting, and aging. After a curing period of several months to years, the leaves undergo a fermentation process where they are layered in barrels, next they are dried and aged once again to enhance the flavours and the burning qualities.

I like to use the Tobacco leaves as offerings during plant sits and plant diets. I’ve never gone to the trouble of fermenting them and instead I wilt the whole leaves for a day or two, then roll each leaf individually into a loose smudge wand (or cigar shape) and dry them that way. The dried tobacco can be taken into the forest with you and bits can be broken off to offer to the plants you are working with, harvesting, or wish to send your prayers to.

Culinary Uses
None known.

Medicinal Uses
Revered and respected as a sacred plant since ancient times, Tobacco is used for offering and purification. In ceremony, tobacco smoke is used to carry one's thoughts and prayers to the Creator.

Themes
Attracts Pollinators, Deer Resistant, Apothecary Garden, Sacred Medicine Garden.