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Tutu

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I've had to write a few off. 2 Mapacho died earlier this week, as well as 1 Xanthi.
Also, a little shot of another cutrag batch from the Indonesian.

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Decided that the time was right to put two of the Xanthi into their final container.
As usual I have taken good care about the potting mix.
I found some cocopeat that links up with mu username on FTT.
This peat is thin and fine, and rests on the bottom of the container.
Above it is a layer of soil, mixed with rougher cocopeat.
This layer also holds the fertilizer.
Above it is a layer of cocopeat from a third brand.
The containers should be relatively lightweight.
Let's see how the roots like it.


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Encouraged by the words above, I set out to find a patch behind the warehouse I work at, to plant some tobacco.
It's a rough, dry stretch, but there's a water hose which I can use to water the plants.
I've planted with two co-workers two Xanthi and two Mapacho.
This is the first time I'm planting my own seedlings in full soil.
I've always used pots so far.

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At home I have 6 in pots, at work I have 6 in the ground.
In both places, 4 Xanthi and 2 Mapacho.
I'm afraid the Mapacho is starting to develop flowers already.
Also got a few little Broadleaf going and a single Bursa.

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Nice start tutu. Coco fiber is a great medium to grow in. You'll likely see more rapid growth but if I remember right ya have to feed the a little more often in Coco. However, I've not grown tobacco in that stuff. Good luck.
 

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Well it's more difficult to make crosses now that it flowers earlier.
Coco fiber does not carry much nutrients indeed so you do need fertiliser.

I'll show three pictures taken in the last week of August.
There we had just planted two additional Xanthi.
Unfortunately one died, and one Mapacho is also not in good shape.

In the first picture I took today there's one little Bursa seedling that I will keep at home.
At work I have now topped the largest Xanthi (flowerhead is still on the picture).
We have also transplanted 4 new Broadleaf to the field.
I think we will start to prime the first few leaves of the biggest Xanthi next week.

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You have more space, and this is decent looking soil. I think you're going to be able to do some better home growing there than you did in Indonesia. I wish you the best.

Who is the man helping out?

P.S. One can tell that you are clearly not Slavic by your squatting technique.
 

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You're on point there. Although the soil seemed extremely dry to me at first, after it has rained a couple of times it looks very decent. I've added a bit of fertilizer as well.

The guy helping me out is our wrapper selection manager. Besides, he rolls a premium like it's nothing. He was eager to get some Broadleaf in the ground. We intend to make a nice patch of Connecticut in the rainy season where we will have thinner leafs because of the clouds.
 

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At the same time, things on my rooftop are not as smooth.
I had been to Brazil during the first week of September and upon returning, a number of plants died.
The problem in the pots is that the transplants don't hatch too well with the potting soil.
I took out the dead and replaced them with Broadleaf and a single Bursa, which you see on the third photo.
The two that are still going are Xanthi, but they are not in great shape.

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It might be contributing, yes.
I've started picking some leafs at home, on the rooftop, seen in the first picture.
We also started taking some leafs from the Xanthi at work, as well as little Mapacho leafs.
The Broadleaf is also getting along fine.
We're hanging the leafs in the drying area, which we use before we pack tobacco.
We have fans there, so there should be good air ventilation.
Let's see how this cures.

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On the rooftop I've had another Xanthi die, so there's only one plant that is currently giving me leaf to prime.
There are three Broadleaf doing pretty okay for a start.
The one Bursa is doing very well, this is the first time I'm growing it.

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It might be worth sticking a thermometer into a pot, between the pot surface and the soil, then checking at mid afternoon for a few days. My guess is that the pots are becoming overheated on sunny days. Perhaps a simple sun shade for the walls of each pot would make a difference.

Bob
 
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