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Subject: Nicotiana (Flowering Tobacco) - Anyone Grow It?
Date Posted: 7/28/2008 1:21 PM ET
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Does anyone else grow Nicotiana?  My MIL always grew some but I'd never tried it.  I found some at K-mart late last year and it eventually did fairly well.

I discovered there are a lot of kinds and started 3, but I was slow and the weather was cold so it's only now that one looks like it will bloom soon and another (I think) has a lot of buds. 

I also bought a pot of nicotiana "Perfume Deep Purple" at Walmart and I wondered if anyone else grows this one?  I'm really undecided about this.

I think I have at least one more kind to try next year since I found them late and had a hard time finding the tall white ones this spring.  Okay make that at least 2!  The idea is to find out which ones work out.  I'd just buy them but didn't see any for sale individually.

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 10:50 AM ET
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I love the nicotianas. In my zone-5- they're annual, so I plant them in pots mostly. I had some leftover so I did put them in a new island bed that I made this year. I have the wine red and the lime green, they're not bright lime, though. It's a stunning combo!

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 5:22 PM ET
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I have some kind of red seed for next year.  I had no feedback on it so am glad for some encouragement :)  It must be "Fragrant Cloud" that just began to bloom - tall, white.  I do have a green to try next year.

They're annual here too.  I hope they all bloom before it decides to get cold.  The heat certainly makes a difference to them.

Date Posted: 8/1/2008 7:52 AM ET
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Love this! I have Fragrant Delight, but have only gotten white flowers. I just crush the seedpods and let them resow every year in the same area. If you want some seed from a white, I'd be happy to share. :)
Date Posted: 8/2/2008 9:36 PM ET
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I'm liking mine so far except the colors are taking forever to open.  I can see they are colored and I need to thin but if they are ugly, I'll keep another one.  I think I've been expecting one blossom to open for a week now.

My "Fragrant Cloud" came from Thompson & Morgan and I don't know if they'll self-seed, but I have enough seed for next year.  They are very nice so far.  They look so clean and white that I wish I had something like them (but shorter) that  stayed open all day.

My seedlings got mixed up but I think the other one that has bloomed must be Sensation because it is staying open all day.  It is a very pale pink.  (For some reason, I thought these were supposed to be short and now I see they say 36" - no wonder I have all the seedlings mixed up.)

The other one, which I think is the one that is dragging its feet opening the blossoms, is Eau de Cologne.   Okay, that one is 20" so maybe it's not the one that's going to open because it's tall.  Eau de Cologne's blossoms are supposed to face upward though. 

I will just grow a couple - not all of these eventually.  The purple ones are kind of messy looking with the seed pods hanging on them.  Of course the others haven't been blooming very long.  How many do you put in a pot? 


I have Nicotiana alata to try next year and this is the one that Mrs. Greenthumbs says will self-seed all over.  I guess I will find out the next year if I get it going.  They called it "Jasmine" at Select Seeds but I think maybe everybody just gives these a name sometimes.  Thanks for the offer but I'd better wait.

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 8/27/2008 6:49 AM ET
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Diana, I used to do research on Nicotiana. :)  They are one species where you can easily inject the leaves using a needle and syringe.  I tested bacterial species for necrotizing properties.  IIRC they grow pretty easy from seed - we would just broadcast the seeds and thin seedlings.

Date Posted: 8/28/2008 9:58 AM ET
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I grew them a few years ago - I just love their scent. 

Date Posted: 8/29/2008 1:06 PM ET
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Mine have been fairly successful although I've never been able to tell which were "Sensation" and which were "Eau de Cologne."  The "Fragrant Cloud" are obvious since they're all white.

Next year I think I'm going to order from England to try to get a mid-size white or color for containers.  I want to get some single marigolds too.  I don't have enough time to see what color they will be from the mixes.  They did well though although some of them have fallen down since it got cold and windy.  The darkest pink/reddest ones were the last to bloom,

BTW.  I think the white ones are supposed to reseed but I guess we'll see next year.  I'll try to get the tall ones in the back.  They didn't take off until it got warm so I don't know how the reseeding will go, but then our weather has been totally unpredictable too.  The reddest one has begun  blooming just about in time for a frost, I think.  Mine looked awful because everything was neglected but I eventually planted clumps of seedling and thinned them as they grew.  Some of them were kind of no-color colors so I tried to let them bloom if they were close before I yanked them.  Of course the English guy says to sow them and transplant the colors but he's not in western PA, is he?

There's enough out there that it does smell good :)  The Perfume Deep Purple did bloom all summer and is kind of a mid height if you like that color.  The 4 plants we got at Walmart were plenty. 

(They are totally hiding my ugly fairy statue and that's a good thing!)