How to grow fragrant tobacco
Sweet tobacco reminds little of its competitor, who became famous as the main source of bad habits. This plant is also an annual, but on this the similarity is exhausted. The bewitching, strong aroma of giant lush inflorescences of fragrant tobacco can compete in sweets with a night violet. The pastel palette of pure colors, the large sizes and the romantic charm of this flyer will become an adornment of any garden. A scented cloud that falls on the garden in the evenings will fully redeem some of the difficulties associated with watering.
Conditions required for fragrant tobacco
It is often said about fragrant tobacco that this summer is capable of settling in any garden and almost anywhere. And this statement is not so far from the truth. Sweet tobacco is quite flexible in its requirements and is able to please with equally spectacular flowering in sometimes dissimilar conditions.
Sweet tobacco easily adapts to both the brightest sun and partial shade. In dense shading it should not be placed, but with a slight shade of light, unstable partial shade under the crowns of large trees and shrubs, partial shading, this summerbook will easily put up with.
The fragrant tobacco with its bright inflorescences of white, pink, raspberry, almost lime, red color always looks fresh and such a look will be inherent in it even on the hottest southern flower bed or on the southern side of rockeries and rock gardens.
Soil for fragrant tobacco is suitable for any of a number of quality garden soils. At least light fertility is enough for him: there is no need to improve the soil with fertilizers before planting (and refueling with a large amount of nitrogen and organic matter can lead to disastrous results).
Only too poor, depleted soil is better from the fall or a month or two before planting to improve by adding humus or compost in moderation. Take care only of soil drainage, if necessary, create drainage. And your fragrant tobacco will truly become one of the brightest summers, a real decoration of the evening garden.
Care for fragrant tobacco
This summer is not the most drought tolerant. And it is precisely with the need to carry out at least rare watering that most often connect the reputation of fragrant tobacco as a rather capricious crop. But do not lose heart: the rest of the care of the plant is so simple that even more frequent watering will not cause concern.
Optimum care for fragrant tobacco is to provide the plant with regular or frequent watering. They must respond to soil conditions and prevent long periods of complete drought. The frequency of the procedures is regulated depending on the weather and the rate of drying out of the soil, watering in the mornings and evenings to maintain constant, even at least light humidity.
Fertilizers for fragrant tobacco should be moderate. To achieve a very long and massive flowering, it is enough only 2 times to make fertilizers for this summer. The first feeding is carried out with the appearance of the first buds, and the second - as soon as the first flowers begin to blossom.
All that is needed is to introduce a standard dose of full mineral fertilizers (special for flowering crops or nitrophoska) into the water for irrigation. And tobacco will delight you with its flavors until the onset of cold weather.
Blooming inflorescences, as a rule, do not affect the ability of fragrant tobacco to produce new buds and bloom relentlessly. Therefore, from the point of view of flowering abundance, there is no need to remove them. But since the flowering is very lush, the inflorescences are large, noticeable and each flower is clearly visible, the wilted parts spoil the entire plant and because of them fragrant tobacco seems neglected. If this yearbook grows in the foreground, so that wilted flowers are clearly visible, then it is better to remove them in a timely manner.
Sweet tobacco does not suffer from pests and diseases typical of other flyers. Moreover, it has beneficial effects on the soil and on neighboring plants, exerting a fungicidal effect and acting as a very beautiful means of prevention from many garden pests.
Propagation of fragrant tobacco
This yearbook is propagated only by seeds. It gives abundant self-sowing, but seeds do not always retain germination after unstable winters, and such a "seedling" blooms very late.
The best method of growing fragrant tobacco is rightly considered seedlings. Sowing the seeds at the very beginning of April in any high-quality light soil and without digging them too much, you can get numerous seedlings. Germinate seeds must be within the temperature range from 18 to 20 degrees, under glass or film. As soon as friendly shoots appear, the temperature must be lowered to 16 degrees.
For young fragrant tobacco, waterlogging can be fatal, so plants are watered very carefully and with restraint. As soon as the second leaf appears on the seedlings, they need to be transferred to individual containers. In open ground, you can transplant fragrant tobacco only from the end of May, while plants must be hardened in open air for at least 2 weeks before planting.
A less productive method from the point of view of germination and later flowering is sowing in open soil. It can be carried out only after the threat of return frosts completely disappears, not earlier than May.