- May 25, 2011
- near Blacksburg, VA
VERY NICE! I will be growing this variety next year.Maryland 609
I chose to wait until late in the day, so the low angle of the sun would highlight the unique texture and edge undulations of MD 609. I think it's a beautiful plant. The leaves are full and wide.
This is only 7 weeks after transplant, so they still have some growing to do.
None of them are showing even early signs of budding yet.
I am growing 11 of these (8 plus 3 orphans in a different bed).
Here’s some pretty neat images from NASA, taken during last year’s wildfires in 2020. It shows a hurricane colliding with the smoke particulates.A Clear Picture
Lacking a personal rocket and space capsule with large windows (and billions of your dollars), just to get a view of how connected we all are, and how fragile the earth's atmosphere is, I have chosen the next best option. I sat out on my front porch. Just looking across the pasture, I can see the particulate haze from wildfire smoke. It has travelled here from the fires on the west coast. That's 3000 miles as the coughing crow flies, but more like 4000 miles along the course of the atmospheric river.
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This maps particulates smaller than 2.5 microns. The path of the smoke pretty much follows the jet stream. Below is the Virginia Tech skycam, at 11:30am on this bright, sunny day.
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Current Air Quality Status: shared
Such gorgeous leaf right there looks like it tastes and smells excellentAinaro
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.
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.)
The variety is "NB-11". It appears to be a burley variety. Its origin is New Brunswick, Canada. Accession acquired by the FTT seed bank from a forum member (@Jack in NB) in 2011. The 8 plants that I grew exhibited some degree of genetic variability. I've selected the best one of the lot for bagging. I'm considering a repeat grow next year, in order to further stabilize the phenotype.What variety is that ?
That’s amazing I’m curious to hear about the genetic progress on your journey to stabilizing the seed!! I love watching the progress each generation of offspring acclimating to your environment. Has anyone in this community been working on making there own hybrids and sharing there process and progress? I’d like to breed tobacco someday just seems like a lot of work and time.The variety is "NB-11". It appears to be a burley variety. Its origin is New Brunswick, Canada. Accession acquired by the FTT seed bank from a forum member (@Jack in NB) in 2011. The 8 plants that I grew exhibited some degree of genetic variability. I've selected the best one of the lot for bagging. I'm considering a repeat grow next year, in order to further stabilize the phenotype.