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I don't know where I will plant them, but I figured now would be a good time to start some tobacco. I'm using really small pots that fit 84 in a 1020 tray, so I plan on potting up at some point. Promix soil.

I started 3 kinds. The first two I have grown before; the last one is new to me:
30 Delhi-34
23 Kasturi
18 Bolivian Criollo Black
 

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Good timing !
Yesterday I washed my small pots and I will begin my seeds today (about the same date as last year).

The Kasturi (Angsa) is on my list too, the first time I grew it, it was small and not healthy, I want to give it a new chance, with a different soil.
I grew Bolivian Criollo Black a few years ago, it became big, it has something unique, I tried it as cigar binder/wrapper, it gives something "different", something that reminds me of pine ("terpene" said Bob), but not overpowering.

You save 13 empty cells ? (84 - (30 + 23 + 18) = 13)

Good luck with your grow.
 

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Charly, the pots are those brown cardboard-like ones. They come in sections of 12 (2x6), and when I undid the stack which I bought, a single pot cracked off. I suspected it would be a pain to use so I tossed it and ended up with a hole in the tray, and I'm happy because it's easy to water from below by pouring into that hole. I'll probably continue this practice.
 

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I began this thread on Sunday with the premise that I didn't know where I would be planting these tobacco plants.

Three weeks ago, a couple put in a bid, just hours before us, on a home we were interested in. On Monday, they backed out due to newly found job insecurity. I feel sorry for them and hope all is well, but this gave us the opportunity to re-present our offer, which was accepted. I held off celebrating until now because I just got confirmation from the lender.

So I will be planting in my own back yard this year! It may require a lot of work. The yard is on a steep slope which faces ESE. The slope will be a whole new ball game, and hopefully produce excellent results because the ground temperature will be higher than in a flat garden which is an issue in my climate.

So this will be a real grow blog this year!

Edit: here's a view of the back yard. I plan on taking out a couple trees.

View: https://youtu.be/fcv3Mr-FmRg
 
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Great news and great place !
I am glad you can grow in full ground and wish you the best.
 

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I understand that older seeds take longer to germinate. The first season of the Puerto Rican piloto took 3 weeks if i recall. While the Delhi 34 and Kasturi were germinated in 4 days, the Bolivian Criollo Black has not germinated in 11. I haven't given up, but i decided to try a few other seeds just to be sure i have some variety.

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All of these varieties I received from @Tutu.

Besuki we all know.

Lumajang is a commercial variety. I believe it is considered a dark sun-cured. I haven't looked into it too much.

Rindi is from a plant he collected from on the island of Sumba. It was at least a 7 foot tall plant with a plethora of leaves.

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Viqueque was collected in East Timor.
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Despite not knowing what class of tobacco they might actually be, (unless if you count primitive), I have my fingers crossed on the last two. There is only a very small number of Viqueque seeds.
 

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In my search for more info on Lumajang, I now am more confused. Lumajang is a region where they grow sun-cured, rajangan, and burley. So this could be a few things.
 

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I will follow this with great interest ;)
The Kasturi (Angsa) seeds I started this year are not germinating yet (10 days), but I am not worry, they took 14 days the first time I tried them.
 
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