So, I checked this morning and have my first plant budding (I think). These plants are in partial shade. I am leaving town on Sunday until Friday. Should I top now, wait, or let one or two plants flower and self-pollinate? (I have 5 total plants). Do I pinch? Cut?
The sequence below was all taken today. They are the same tobacco variety at different stages of stalk elongation. The timing is a wild guess on my part, but you can get an idea of how much work the plant has to do, prior to blossoming.
Most commercial growers will wait until a certain percentage of a crop shows open blossoms, then top them all at once. So you have a lot of leeway.