Misc's Cigar Ranch

(MCR)

 

On these pages, we will attempt to document our forey into tobacco ranching, trying to raise cigar trees from little babies.

 

 

7/18/02

01 Seeds

Dang, but they're small!

7/22/02

02 Growing impatient for the sprouts

Dang, but they take a long time!

8/2/02

03 Growing like kudzu!

Dang, they grow fast!

8/?/02

04 The Round Up

Where'd they go?

8/26/02

05 Urging them on

Dang, they're particular!

8/28/02

06 The Big Move

If more is better, isn't lots more lots better?

10/22/02

07 The Big Roundup

Try, try again

4/10/03

08 A New Hope

Dang, this is a lot of work!

6/17/03

09 Spring Has Sprung

Dang, they're just the cutest little things!

7/5/03

10 Growin', growin', growin'...

Like beans up a pole...

7/18/03

11 Growing Notes

A few reminders for myself.

Some Pictures (Click on any image to see an expanded view):

The Seeds are amazingly small.

This 6' tall Indian Tobacco produced some beautiful flowers.

The lower plot, mid-July, 2003. Several seedlings just getting going.

A few seedlings, and those plants that managed to Winter-over live in the sunnier Upper Plot

One fine July morning, we were attacked by "Dog Vomit Mold". This is how much grew in 8 hours (overnight.) Amazing [ly-ugly!] stuff.


I haven't done much in the way of documenting the past several years' worth of ranching (most of the images & text above are from 2003's crop), but here are a couple from Summer of 2006:

The secret to growing big, full-leaved plants seems to be lots of water, excellent drainage and good, dark soil. These have been "topped" (vertical growth & flowers pinched off), and the leaves are coming along quite nicely.

A few of the early-picked leaves are starting to cure nicely. Notice the little beads of oil starting to form -- yum! :9


The New American Gothic: