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Newbie needs some tips on growing.

koceff

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@GreenDragon Thanks, will do. I am not putting water directly. The containers are in a bigger bawl filled with water and i am refilling it when is almost dry. Thought that was the right way.
How many lumens will I need to grow these in a north facing room in winter?
 

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That’s a hard question to answer as not all lumens are the same. The easiest answer is to watch your seedlings grow. If they get tall and spindly / flop over then add more light.
 

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Watering from below is good. There's still too much water there.

I would guess you need about 2000 lumens per square foot. A healthy plant might take up 5-8 square feet. That's a lot of energy for tobacco. How much you get from the sun? You'll need a light meter.

Edit: outdoor, summer, noon sunlight is closer to 10,000 lumens per square foot. So ideally, it should be somewhere around there. Realistically, I'm once again guessing a third (3300) to be a minimum.
 
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How many lumens will I need to grow these in a north facing room in winter?

A purely indoor grow will be challenging. You will need serious lighting equipment to provide enough light energy at the necessary wavelengths in place of direct sunlight.
If you haven't chosen your lights yet I would suggest reading up a bit, articles like this one might help you figure out what you need.
Good luck!
 

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Can i plant tobacco near Chandler Walnut trees? My brother planted them near the place reserved for my tobacco plants. They are young , no more than 5ft. tall but I red that they have some substance that is toxic to other plants like tomatoes , peppers and such.
 

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I don't know. If there's no research on the matter, aside from that of other solanacea, I would assume it is an issue.

There was a documentary on CBC regarding research into certain weeds found on the prairies that may apply. They discovered that since the practice of stubble burning disappeared, the weeds have been a significantly greater problem. The reason is related to hormones released by the weeds that suppress the growth of the agricultural crops. The researchers conducted an experiment where they mixed activated charcoal into the soil of some pots and no charcoal in other pots. The pots were planted with these weeds, and with whatever the agricultural plant was. Sorry, I can't recall the species. Anyway, the pots with charcoal showed no inhibition of growth.

So, my suggestion is to experiment with this technique, rather than to abandon the area for planting tobacco.
 
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