So this year I decided to grow some tobacco while it is still legal. I grew varieties that would smoke well in a briar pipe, 3 types of Virginia, Burley, Orinoco and Turkish Samsun. I got busy and wasn't able to harvest the traditional way and ended up cutting the plants off at the root and hanging them to dry. I eventually stripped the leaves and hung them individually.
About a week ago I got my tobacco kiln put together using an old bar fridge.
I control the heat with a 100w light bulb hooked up to a PID controller. The humidity is controlled using an ultrasonic misting unit.
I've been tweaking it over the past week and today I finally got the numbers I've been looking for, now just to maintain them for the next 6 weeks.
Very cool! I don't smoke, but I have always been interested in the curing process for tobacco especially the fermentation that takes place to create cakes of cavendish. I'll be interested to hear how this turns out. Very impressive setup and dedication!
-Alex Director of Conservation, Research & Education International Carnivorous Plant Society
I had a few plants with aphids but I kept them sprayed with Ivory soap/water, even so the idea of smoking aphids wasn't appealing so I tossed any leaves with evidence of aphids alive or dead.
I lost my growing area for this year so I didn't plant, hopefully I'll find a new location next year.
My kiln was working quite well so I got a bit lazy and ignored it (it was in a sea container on my BILs property). During that time the light bulb burned out and the temperature dropped below what was needed to prevent mold and I lost everything. Lesson learned.
dvg: Sarra's safe inside
Mar 31, 2019 20:40:58 GMT -5
bonfield: I've decided to finally reveal my best-kept secret for growing healthy Neps: Just spit on them every few days, the enzymes in saliva help them to better absorb the fertilizer I spray them with!
Apr 1, 2019 14:24:31 GMT -5
dvg: Salivating up your drools?
Apr 1, 2019 16:30:07 GMT -5
dvg: Duped again on April Fool's!
Apr 1, 2019 16:30:45 GMT -5