Native to the Americas, Tobacco is a plant with ritual and spiritual significance to many indigenous tribes. It is believed to be a gift from the creator, and that the exhaled smoke carries one's prayers to the heavens. It has been traditionally smoked to seal an agreement - as a symbol of peace. It has now become a widely-consumed plant worldwide. Tobacco grown in one's own garden and cured with care is indeed special, and undoubtedly higher in purity and smoother-smoking than commercially-produced tobacco. The leaves contain the substance nicotine, an addictive alkaloid responsible for its stimulating and calming effects. Tobacco is an easy plant to grow, thriving in in well-tended garden soil. High fertility will result in healthier plants and improved yields.
Huichol Tobacco Seed
Huichol Tobacco SeedPacket: ~350 seeds (0.02 gram) More info822 available
Huichol Tobacco (Nicotiana langsdorffii) is a fast-growing, small-leafed tobacco that is cultivated and used ceremonially by the Huichol people of what is now central Mexico. This tobacco species can be found growing wild in the desert southwest of North America. Prolific yellow flowers attract many pollinating insects to the garden. 75 days from transplant to flower. Annual. Seeds are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Nicotiana quadrivalvis Tobacco Seed
Nicotiana quadrivalvis Tobacco SeedPacket: ~350 seeds (0.02 gram) More info2755 available
Indigenous peoples all along the West Coast cultivate Nicotiana quadrivalvis, commonly known as "Indian Tobacco. " The plant forms arrow shaped leaves and elegant white trumpet-shaped flowers with a long blooming period. Has a rather shrubby or bush-like form and ultimately grows to about two feet tall. A must-have for any Nicotiana enthusiast, but it makes a striking addition to any garden. 75 days from transplant to flower. Annual. Seeds are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Rainbow Sylvestris Tobacco Seed
Rainbow Sylvestris Tobacco SeedPacket: ~350 seeds (0.02 gram) More info
Also known as Woodland Tobacco, Rainbow Sylvestris Tobacco (Nicotiana sylvestris) has long, white trumpet-shaped flowers with shades of pink and purple as well. The blossoms are fragrant, and the plants are ornamental, but we’ve known people who cure and smoke this tobacco species too. 75 days from transplant to flower. Annual. Seeds are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Rustica Tobacco Seed
Rustica Tobacco SeedPacket: ~350 seeds (0.02 gram) More info10 available
Rustica Tobacco (Nicotiana rustica) originates from Andean South America, and also has a history of use and cultivation for smoking in North America, Vietnam and Russia. Stout plants of two to three feet produce shiny rounded leaves and abundant plumes of yellow flowers that attract beneficial insect pollinators. 75 days from transplant to flower. Annual. Seeds are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Shirazi Tobacco Seed
Shirazi Tobacco SeedMore info8591 available
This coveted strain of cigarette tobacco (Nicotiana tobaccum) hails from the Shiraz region of Iran (Shirazi translates to “from Shiraz” in Persian) and we’re excited to offer our own certified organic version of this variety. The plant is stout and fast growing – more so than many other Tobaccum species – yielding thin leaves that are traditionally sun-cured and turn to a gorgeous light tan. Compare to our Mano Farm variety that is more vigorous in stature and has thicker leaves. All varieties of Nicotiana tobaccum make beautiful ornamentals namely due to their pronounced trumpet-shaped flowers. 75 days from transplant to flower. Annual. Seeds are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Smoking Tobacco Seed (Tabacum species)
Smoking Tobacco Seed (Tabacum species)More info8465 available
Nicotiana tabacum is the most widely grown species of smoking tobacco. While native to the Americas, this plant is a traveler. There are dozens of unique cultivars available, many hailing from distinct parts of the world. Our strain originated from Strictly Medicinal Seeds in Williams, Oregon but can now properly be called a Mano Farm landrace as we’ve cultivated it on our land and saved seed from the plants for many years over. Smoking Tobaccos are striking ornamental plants that can reach up to six feet in height. They produce abundant gorgeous, pink, trumpet-shaped flowers. However, with the proper nurturance and maintenance in the garden, plants will produce copious leaves that can be harvested and cured for smoking. Note that when tobacco is being grown for smoking, method is everything. Plants must be topped and suckered – essentially prevented from going to flower – throughout their entire life stage. Leaves must be harvested at the appropriate stage – a paling green/light yellow hint that is not easy to convey via words or pictures. And the curing process itself is an art – with a number of tried and trued methods, it’s best to do a lot of research ahead of time prior to harvest. Consult the Fair Trade Tobacco forum for more information. When done right, home cured tobacco has an entirely different essence than anything that can be found commercially. 85 days from transplant to flower. Annual. Seeds are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Tobacco Seed Collection
Tobacco Seed CollectionSix Packets (~350 seeds/packet): Smoking Tobacco, Shirazi, Quadrivalvis, Rustica, Rainbow Sylvestris, Huichol More info
We've assembled our Tobacco Seed Collection for the completist interested in acquiring every tobacco variety we offer at value pricing. This collection contains two packets of Nicotiana tobaccum - a Virginia burley type along with the coveted Iranian "Shirazi" variety - in addition to one packet each of Nicotiana langsdorfii ("Huichol" tobacco), Nicotiana rustica, Nicotiana sylvestris and Nicotiana quadravalvis. The tobaccums are the most commonly used species used for smoking today whereas the latter four species are frequently grown for ornamental purposes or their strong regional/historical associations with the indigenous members throughout the Americas. These species also have smoking traditions and histories, but they are lesser known. For more information on growing tobacco, visit these web sites:Fair Trade Tobacco: http://fairtradetobacco. comHow to Grow Tobacco: http://www. howtogrowtobacco. com/