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GreenDragon's 2018 Log (First grow)

OldDinosaurWesH

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#81
I used to set in front of a computer all day. But I've reformed. Now I only set in front of computer when I want to. Big difference!

Now I like to set under a shade tree and watch my tobacco grow. Very relaxing.

Wes H.
 

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And they say size doesn’t matter. This is a Little Dutch that fell over today from all the rain we’ve had. It’s over 6’ tall. I thought this was supposed to be a dwarf variety!?

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Well, if you hang the body upside down, his its arms dangling, that's maybe not an accurate measure of height. 3' plant + 36" leaf = 3' plant height. Does that thing have branches?

But it does look impressive hanging there. If the plants that I intend to stalk harvest start getting too tall for my 7' high shed, I have to prime the lower leaves, then cut the stalk at that higher level.

Bob
 

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For example, my Little Dutch vs Levi’s ;)

Seriously though, I think I got my seedling in the ground a good 6 weeks ahead of you Levi. You’ll be surprised how much they will take off all of a sudden when they reach a certain size. It’s like they double overnight.
 

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That’s hilarious and a good sense of humor is a must have in these crazy times! My Little Dutch is the only variety not showing signs of ripening other than the Semois. I hope they hit a growth spurt soon.
 

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All my primed leaf has now fully color cured. It's time to start fermenting / kilning them while the rest finishes curing on the stalk. As we are in full Texas summer mode (100F+ degree days) I plan on putting the leaf in the attic as a pre-built kiln :) Daytime temps should be around 130-140F during the day. My only hold up is in finding some bags to put the leaf in to maintain proper humidity during the fermentation process. Any suggestions?

Also, I found this little cutie munching on one of my Little Dutch. I will spare you the gory details of his ultimate demise. (Spoiler! His a** got stomped into the ground!)
 

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An impressive worm, I had no worms this year. I found no eggs and only had i plant ravaged.I used liquid sevin when I thought they might be ripe for moth.
 

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Well, I think my attic kilning experiment seems to be working well so far. Bought a couple of Rubbermaid tubs instead of bags. Wet the tobacco down with a mixture of 50/50 water and rum, and packed it into the tubs. I separated layers of different varieties with a piece of thick construction paper. Since the tubs don’t seal airtight I had to add some additional water at the two week point. Took them down last night to do a more complete check. So far so good. Strong aroma of raisins and vanilla mixed with tobacco and a slight touch of ammonia. Even the wife said it smelled fantastic! I let them sit with the lids off overnight to offgas the ammonia, then wet them down again for two more weeks in the attic.
 

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I forgot to mention that the tubs were full to the top when they first went into the attic! I guess they steam compressed themselves.
 
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