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Plan for my 2021 Grow

L'Assomption 201 (cigar filler; PI 430516) - 4 plants
Olor - 8 plants
Corojo 99 - 32 plants
Little Dutch - 4 plants
MD 609 - 16 plants
Ainaro (Timor Leste dark sun-cured) 16 plants [closely spaced] -- maybe, assuming I don't decide that Ainaro is clearly not an Oriental prior to start of the season. A sun-cured batch will come out of the kiln at the end of December, and it's looking pretty dark already.

I may add something else.

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Bob
 

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Have you ever grown Goose Creek Red? If so what did you think? I really like it and I do think it has potential for good flue cured leaf. Btw I don't see any flue cure in your plans..
 

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I think you used Bayer in the past. Bayer changed its name or was bought by Bioadvanced. This is the same Bayer stuff, different name.

Bioadvanced Fruit, Citrus, Vegetable
Thank you for posting the link to it on Amazon. I added it to my February subscribe and save order, for a lower price than Prime. Is one container enough for a really big garden? I might as well use it on everything. Aphids were my only pest problem last year.
 

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Thank you for posting the link to it on Amazon. I added it to my February subscribe and save order, for a lower price than Prime. Is one container enough for a really big garden? I might as well use it on everything. Aphids were my only pest problem last year.
I have an unopened bottle. It states that it treats up to 640 square ft. of vegetables. Apply it with the transplant water at 0.5 oz. per ten sq. ft. of vegetable row to be treated to one qt. water. Evenly apply the mixture (0.5 oz. product plus 1 qt. water) to the base of all plants within the 10 sq. ft. of area. (1 ft. X 10 ft. is 10 sq. ft.)

Put it around the roots, not on the leaf. It can kill honey bees if used incorrectly.
 

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Ainaro

I grew this unusual tobacco during the 2020 season. The seed was collected by @Tutu from a remote farmhouse in Ainaro, Timor-Leste. One unusual aspect of Ainaro is that the leaves are petiolate (having a bare stem toward the leaf base), like members of the Samsun group of Orientals. The plant is columnar, also similar to Samsun.

@Tutu described this as "dark sun-cured", which is not a class recognized by USDA. From a descriptive standpoint, "dark sun-cured" appears to be quite accurate. I primed the lower leaves, and strung them for sun-curing. After sun-curing, I kilned the leaf for about two months.

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The pouch aroma of the shred offers a unique, almost savory character, and does not at all bring to mind any of the two dozen different Oriental varieties that I have grown. Curiously, when shredded, and smoked straight, in a small corncob, the burn is good (better than many Orientals), the taste is interesting and mild, and the nicotine seems to be mild. Unlike many Orientals, I get no tongue bite. So the pH of the smoke is likely "neutral". Another "unlike" is that Ainaro's aroma resembles no Indonesian varieties that I've smoked.

As a pipe tobacco, I would be inclined to toss some Ainaro into a medium blend of burley Cavendish and VA Bright Cavendish. Alone, Ainaro might make a reasonable cigarette blending component, or serve solo.

My remaining challenge is to get some seed from the sole surviving Ainaro plant that I transferred from the garden bed to a rescue pot. As of now, it shows that it's thinking about buds, but has not yet committed.

I'm considering scratching Ainaro from my 2021 grow, if there is seed, since it was occupying a space allocated for an Oriental. I've got time to decide. (Another consideration is that, even if my one rescue-Ainaro does produce seed, it may not be ready in time for starting the 2021 grow.)

Bob
 

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I think you used Bayer in the past. Bayer changed its name or was bought by Bioadvanced. This is the same Bayer stuff, different name.

Bioadvanced Fruit, Citrus, Vegetable
My order for Monterey LG 6274 Fruit Tree & Vegetable Systemic Soil Drench on 3 Jan was still showing tracking of "delayed" on 22 Jan, so I ordered the Bioadvanced. The Bioadvanced arrived 2 days ago (5 days after ordering). The Monterey stuff still has not arrived. I'll wait for a full month, then request a refund.

Bob
 

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this is the company I used to purchase mine, however it’s been almost, if not two years now. I liked the results but still had trouble with aphids. Not sure how their shipping is these days. COVID has ruined just about everything.
 

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I use imidacloprid only in my transplant water. So once per season. I use the recommended dosing for tomatoes. By the time blossoms develop on the tobacco, the imidacloprid is used up. So after that, aphids can appear.

I now have the Bioadvanced for my 2021 season. If the Monterey stuff eventually shows up, I will hang on to it. I worry that imidacloprid may become more difficult to find.

Bob
 
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