Replanting the tobacco plants – Growing tobacco

After a rather slow start the growth is picking up speed and its time to replanting the tobacco plants. After five weeks (middle of April) it’s getting crowded in the seed tray. To allow for more room for each plant it’s now time to separate them into their own pot.

For this you need

  • Compost soil
  • Plastic seed pots
  • Tomato nutrient
5 week old Virginia tobacco

Five week old Virginia tobacco

Replanting the tobacco plants

Two weeks into the process I could see some tiny leaves begin to develop. As my experience in growing things was limited to edible sprout that almost developed over night, I thought it would go a bit quicker. But now with the sun returning the growth has really picked up speed.

Two week old Virginia tobacco

Two week old Virginia tobacco

Here you can see a video of the Virginia tobacco replanting.

As the soil often comes compressed to save space make sure that you loosen and work out any lumps before you fill the pots with the soil. To avoid the soil falling through the holes in the bottom of the
pot you can put some paper on the bottom of the pot. Small stones or other objects work as well.

Fill the pots with the loose soil and compress it lightly. You don’t have to fill to the rim.

Make a little hole in the soil with a pen or a stick or some other round object. The hole is for the root of the plant.

A pot of Virginia tobacco

A pot of Virginia tobacco

Now you can carefully start to dig out the plant from the seed tray. But be careful, the roots and the plant itself is very delicate at this stage in the process.

Place the root of the plant in the hole and compress the soil around it lightly to give the plant some support. But my Virginia tobacco plants was very floppy and almost lay flat on the soil. It was yesterday I replanted them, and today they begin to erect again. I hope they continue to grow as they did in the seed tray.

After you have separated and replanted all the plants it’s time to water the plants. It’s recommended to use tomato nutriments in the water as growing tobacco is similar to growing tomatoes.

Replanting the tobacco plants - Growing tobacco

85 pots of Virginia tobacco

With the seed tray it was easy to move the plants to the window with the most sunlight. But now all my sunny window-sills are full of pots with Virginia tobacco and Chili plants. But make sure that they stand in the light if they don’t stand in direct sunlight.

I started with ca 100 seeds of Virginia tobacco and of that I got 85 pots and some left in the original seed tray. I have read that the yield is about 100 to 200 gram dry tobacco per plant. So If I get 100 gram per plant I get 8.5 kilo dry tobacco leaves. That’s enough to last me over four years. But for a start I’m happy if I get enough for a normal batch of Swedish snus.

Look out for updates on the progress on growing tobacco to use in my home-made Swedish snus.

Click the link for the post on planting the seeds: Planting the tobacco seeds.

If you have any tips on growing tobacco, replanting the tobacco plant or something else I would appreciate it if you let me know by leaving a comment.



Replanting the tobacco plants – Growing tobacco — 6 Comments

  1. Hi!
    I always wanted to plant something (anything 🙂 ), but I always took one step back because I don’t have enough time.
    Thanks for this article, it’s very thorough and informative.
    I wish you a good day!

    • Hello and thanks for the reply.
      It was the same for me, when I got around to it it was to late in the season to plant the seeds. This time I started the planning last year so I had the seeds when the planting season came. And so far it has not taken as much time as you may think. But a greenhouse would be preferable when it’s time to move the plants outside. If so, you probably find a post about that here 😉

  2. Hello Anders
    I had no idea you could grow tobacco at home. I’ve heard of the nicotinis (probably spelt incorrectly!) but thought it was named due to the scent.
    I love the way you have given such detailed instructions from planting the seeds to transplanting them
    A very informative article
    Take care

    • Hello Jackie

      I’m glad that you liked my article.
      As this is my first try, I hope I can grow tobacco at home. If it goes according to the plan, this project will end with the summer. If nothing else, I get a lot of knowledge if I decide to do this again.

  3. hi
    very help info
    but what i need to know is
    after the seedlings are ready to transplant
    what size pot do i need for them to grow to full maturity

    • The bigger the better. I used 120 liter for 6 plants, so one plant in a 15 or 20 liter bucket should be enough for the plant to develop. If the pot is to small the roots can’t develop and you get a smaller plant. You can also plant them in the ground in a field or similar spot. Make sure that you got enough soil of good quality.

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