Smoking Tobacco, Dogon
(Nicotiana tabacum) Annual or short-lived perennial. Donated to us by a Portland seed-saver who labelled it simply (and enigmatically) as being from “Dogon Country, Mali” (in Africa). Leaves narrower than other smoking tobaccos. Flowers white to pink. Grows to seven feet high. Hummingbird attractor. Leaves harvested in summer cured well in the sun to a mocha-brown with a robust, earthy flavor.
Planting suggestions: Press tiny seeds onto surface of already-moistened soil. Keep pots in a water-filled tray in a sunny, warm location. Avoid surface watering until germination, except with a mister. After first set of true leaves have sized up, thin to one plant per pot and transplant out. Give plants rich soil, water, and full sun. Can container-grow in a 5-gallon bucket.
Contains at least 50 seeds