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Ways to start tobacco seedlings

billy

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i can, i spread them on paper then press fingertip on 2 or however many you want. if they dont stick breath on finger like your trying to fog up glass. and gently knock them off finger where you want them to fall. its slow but so is plucking out 19/20 tiny ones in a single cell cause you over planted.
 

eebenz

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Given how small the seeds are, is it even possible to plant one at a time in seed starters?
If you need to process seeds one at time, you can use matches. Dip the end of match in water and then you can use it to grab a seed.

However, I would just sprinkle a reasonable (!!!) amount of seeds to large enough container of soil. Then when the seeds begin to germinate, you can pull the weaker ones away keeping only the strongest ones. And later when they are bigger, transplant to pots and from there to garden etc.

See the text and figures here: https://www.newhopeseed.com/tobacco_growing.html
(If the figures sections looks weird, think the figures 3, 4 and 5 in reverse order)
 

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I start my seeds in a 50/50 mix of perlite/vermiculite moistened with a very weak solution of miracle grow for tomatoes and epsom salts. I use large enough cups so that I can grow the seedlings to about six inches or so and plant directly outdoors. I pour my seeds into a bowl with a white bottom, press my finger down on them and transfer from 4 to 8 seeds per pot. I mist the top of the soil several times a day. Once the seedlings are established and thinned to one per pot, I start watering them with a syringe that's made for measuring out oral medication. I never put so much water in the pots that water runs out the bottom, just keep the soil evenly moist, not soggy. Normally, I'll just heft the pots and water accordingly. I don't use any type of humidity dome. I start my seeds in a cabinet under a 10,000 Lumen LED grow light. This method would not be practical for someone growing hundreds of plants but it is easily manageable for smaller numbers of plants.
 

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Here are my Virginia reds growing on my patio. This is my first grow and I didn't separate the sprouts when I started them in trays back in April/May....so each planter has like 5 or six plants in each planter....this probably will not work out real well? I was going to try to separate them when they were transplanted into fabric planters, but I thought Id do more harm than good, so I left them alone....so far so good....I noticed aphids were attacking, so I sprayed them with my homemade tobacco juice in a spray bottle and it seemed to get rid of them. I hope they make it from insects, disease and storms, but if they don't it was fun trying.
 

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I actually went right out and thinned them out just now.....wasn't as bad as I thought it would be....I need to add some more dirt to the pots and I think I will add another stake to each one before securing the stakes/stalks with wire. I just made up another batch of tobacco juice spray using cigarette butts in water with Dawn dish washing detergent...so i will spray them later when there not in direct sun light.
 

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