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Seedlings falling over: @Kiwi Smoker grow log 2023-4

Kiwi Smoker

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I think I had this happen on my first grow. Are the leave thick like leather belt?
What happened to mine was heavy clay. Turned the roots into a carrot . Wasn't getting enough nutrients or space for root development. Couple things to check
Yes they are thick, the soil consists of compost, rich top soil and a bit of sand to stop it solidifying and help with drainage. I noticed that no weeds grew in the mix which suggested that soil is to blame and I didn't add any blood and bone or lime which didn't help. Did you manage to get these thick ones to colour cure? Mine are very sticky with nicotine.
 

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Yes they are thick, the soil consists of compost, rich top soil and a bit of sand to stop it solidifying and help with drainage. I noticed that no weeds grew in the mix which suggested that soil is to blame and I didn't add any blood and bone or lime which didn't help. Did you manage to get these thick ones to colour cure? Mine are very sticky with nicotine.
They did Color cure but I use flue curing as it's dryer than a popcorn fart here.

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The corrugated leaf texture suggests that the leaves are "mature", but without signs of "ripening". You could just prime them, hang them in the shade to color-cure. The occasional tobacco plant that I grow in a pot seldom follows the same maturation schedule as those in the garden bed.

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The corrugated leaf texture suggests that the leaves are "mature", but without signs of "ripening". You could just prime them, hang them in the shade to color-cure. The occasional tobacco plant that I grow in a pot seldom follows the same maturation schedule as those in the garden bed.

Bob
Thanks Bob, I might have been a bit enthusiastic with priming and some have skipped the yellow stage turning green and brown like camouflage so I'm reluctant to risk priming too early. Like you say, pot grows don't follow the rules. I've been advised by local growers to hang them in the sun to kill the chlorophyl but others say a dark place is best. The corrugation started very early on.
 

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Many thanks to those who took the time to offer help to a newcomer, I'm now enjoying my own tobacco. I steam it for 10 minutes, dry it off a bit with 20 seconds in the microwave then sprayed my latest with a little Cointreau before gently roasting in a glass jar for about 10 minutes while it still have a bit of moisture in it. I then spread it out on a board to get more moisture out till it's ready to bag. No more coughing or nicotine stains on my fingers. While it looks like a thick cut it's clumped from the cutter and can pulled apart as it's about 0.5 mm cuts.

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Hi, are there any New Zealand members who can tell me if it's worth importing whole leaf due to custom charges please?
 
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