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    Re: Virginia Shortage? What Shortage?

    I'd like to grow some Red Virginia tobacco (similar to 5100 and/or McCrainies) from seed, but I know nothing about them. What tobacco varieties resemble Red Virginias? Can't seem to find any seed under the heading of 'Red Virginia'.

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    Re: Virginia Shortage? What Shortage?

    Welcome to the forum. Feel free to introduce yourself in the Introduce Yourself forum. If you enter your general location into your profile, it will appear beside each of your posts, and be a help to other members in answering your questions about growing.

    So called "Red Virginia" tobacco is made from flue-cure varieties (most "Virginia" varieties). The leaf is harvested several leaves at a time from each plant, as it matures from the bottom of the stalk upward. It must then be flue-cured. The lowest leaf produces very thin "first priming" light yellow. Next up on the stalk produces "Lemon Virginia". Above that the leaf flue-cures to a thicker, orange to reddish color.

    If all you want is Red Virginia, and not Lemon, it's far easier to simply purchase the whole leaf Red Virginia from WLT (banner at the top of the page).

    To grow it yourself:
    • Read the FAQ (link at top of the page) about growing tobacco
    • Check out the Flue-Curing section of the Index of Key Forum Threads: http://fairtradetobacco.com/threads/...-the-FTT-forum
    • Purchase some seed (for example, Virginia Bright Leaf)
    • Build a flue-curing chamber (~$100)
    • Successively harvest your leaf, flue-curing each batch (~5 days per batch)--typically a 6 week period for the whole crop
    • Use the later, upper primings of leaf for pipe blending
    • Stare at the beautiful, lighter colored leaf that comprises about 2/3 of your crop, and decide what to do with it all

    Bob

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    Re: Virginia Shortage? What Shortage?

    Thanks Bob

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