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This is also true of Mammoth burley, Colombia Garcia and Bolivia Criollo Black. I'm sure there are others.

Bob
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A little report on my KY171.

I sowed the seeds on February 17, put them over in plug trays on March 2 (77 trays where I put a seedling in every second hole, the holes were 40x40x53 mm)
I planted out most of the seedlings May 12-13. Those that I did not haircut at all, I planted out May 20, ie a week later.

The pictures below are all KY171. The first pictures are the ones I haircut hard, then the ones I haircut successively a few times, then about 1/3 part of the leaves, than the ones that I didn't cut at all and finally three plants that not cut at all and replanted 2 times into bigger pots.

The conclusion I can draw already is that it doesn't seem to do any good at all to cut off the leaves of the plants that sit tightly in a plugtray, and in fact I think that all the plants will soon have caught up with the three I replanted twice to bigger pots.

So I think you will get the right @skychaser , that when the plants are fully grown and harvested, it will turn out that it is not worth cutting the leaves at all. And maybe it will turn out that it doesn't pay to replant into bigger pots, but it's just as well to go straight from the plug tray out to the tobaccofield :)


To be continued ...


KY171, haircut hard, today 80 cm

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KY171 klippta hårt 80 cm.jpg



KY171, haircut light, today 83 cm

KY171 klippta lite.jpg

KY171 klippta lite 83 cm.jpg



KY171 no haircut at all, today 82 cm
Planted out a week later than the others

KY171 ej klippta.jpg

KY171 inte klippta 82cm.jpg



KY171, no haircut and replant twice to bigger pots, today 140 cm

KY171 omplanterade 2 gånger.jpg

KY171 omplanterade 2 ggr 140 cm.jpg

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Started harvesting today, 12 Alida., 54 days after planting, and about 10-15 days after flowering.
Very unhappy with the yield on them, low plants and small leaves. The powers of the weather perhaps, which I will probably never get an answer to. But thankful that last week's storms didn't blow the plants away. All of these were ripe for harvest. Hanging these on sticks as I need the space in the barn for whole plants in a few weeks.

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Have the leaves in the sun during the day so they become softer to handle before I hang them on sticks.

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Gold Dollar - do these look ripe enough to harvest now?
Planted them out May 21st, they started blooming around June 17th and I removed all the flowers. It is the first time I grow this variety. Have about 20 plants of them.

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12 Havanna 142, (68 days since transplanting), will hang the leaves on everything except one plant which is hung whole, want to test how it is. I wait until even the upper leaves show signs of maturity before harvesting, and then take the whole plant (all leaves at once). The leaves on the small table are the top leaves. If I counted correctly now, I have so far harvested 80 plants, about 115 remain.

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33 plants left to harvest out of the original 200, but have discarded a bunch (maybe 10-15) that didn't look good. I have intended to hang the remaining ones whole in the barn, and will try to let them hang over the winter, and wait with harvesting maybe a few weeks until the tobacco in the barn is ready to enter the workshop for drying. Virginia Gold, which hangs in the carport, I successively scratch brown leaves on and take in to dry.

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Beautiful crop. When I was a bit younger, I usually grew 200 to 240 plants. That is a lot of work. [Today, I find about 100 plants to be challenging to grow, harvest, cure and store.]

It smells lovely everywhere here now

Several years ago, I joined Don (@FmGrowit) at a tobacco auction house in North Carolina. Passing into entrance of the massive warehouse, filled with 700 pound bales of tobacco, was like slamming into a wall of wonderful aroma. Memorable. These days, I settle for stepping into my humble curing shed.

Bob
 

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Beautiful crop. When I was a bit younger, I usually grew 200 to 240 plants. That is a lot of work. [Today, I find about 100 plants to be challenging to grow, harvest, cure and store.]



Several years ago, I joined Don (@FmGrowit) at a tobacco auction house in North Carolina. Passing into entrance of the massive warehouse, filled with 700 pound bales of tobacco, was like slamming into a wall of wonderful aroma. Memorable. These days, I settle for stepping into my humble curing shed.

Bob

Next year I hope it stops at 75-100 plants, it's too much work with 200+. Part of the joy disappears when the job becomes too big.
 

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It feels like it's balancing on the edge all the time now to get mold on the tobacco, keeping a regular check, and so far so good, gradually moving the plants in from the lodge as soon as they yellow enough (where the relative humidity is usually between 80-100%), to the workshop, (where I keep the relative humidity now constant at 60%). Within a few days, a week at the most, I have emptied the lodge of the last 20 plants.

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