Hopi Tobacco ✿ Sacred Hopi ✿ 50+ Seeds ✿ Heirloom ✿ Organic ✿ NON-GMO
The plants can grow 24 inches tall with large silvery green leaves and pendulous greenish yellow flowers. The blooms emit a scent similar to jasmine in the evening air. Hopi tobacco is an annual and grows slowly. Areas with longer growing seasons will have the best chance of big plants and season long floral displays.
The plant needs warm temperatures but actually performs best in a lightly shady area with moist soil. The soil should have plenty of organic material incorporated to force dinner plate sized leaves. Extra nitrogen over the plant’s growing cycle will also increase leaf size.
Smoking for the pleasure of it wasn’t part of the history of Hopi tobacco. That is a modern affectation and habit that developed with European settlers and one many of us can live without. If you choose to grow the plant for its nicotine, you should be warned that it is much higher in Hopi than commercial tobacco. Hopi tobacco has 9 percent nicotine while today’s strains only carry 1 to 3 percent. Incautious use can lead to dizziness, nausea and other ill health effects that might stomp out any desire to make this a habit.
How to Grow Hopi Tobacco
Seeds should be started indoors in most regions. Seeds are sprinkled on the surface of the soil and pressed in but not covered. Germination is variable but generally occurs in 14 to 21 days. When seedlings are 3 inches tall, transplant them to a moderately shady location. Don’t forget to harden off plants by exposing them to longer periods of outdoor conditions over a period of a few days before installing them in the ground. Keep the plants evenly moist but not soggy.