Flowering tobacco Annuals

For both fragrance and color, nicotiana belongs in every summer garden. Clusters of sweetly fragrant, starlike, tubular flowers appear in red, pink, lime, lavender, or white. Group these 1 '-3' tall plants together for best showing. Older kinds bloom in evening only, but new offerings bloom in daylight. Night-blooming whites are most fragrant; day-blooming cultivars are much less fragrant. New blossoms open each day to replace spent ones.

Sow seed indoors in April; bottom heat will speed germination. Or, direct-seed outdoors in late spring. Do not cover very small seeds, which need light to germinate. Seedlings appear within 3 weeks and grow rapidly. Thin or transplant to 9" apart. Nicotiana grows best in average soil in full sun or partial shade. Water well during hot, dry weather. Give less fertilizer and water in late summer to keep plants blooming longer. Nicotiana self-sows but may not come true to color.

Do not grow nicotiana in dusty areas; the sticky, fuzzy leaves attract and hold dirt. Also, do not plant near tomatoes. Nicotianas may attract insect pests and diseases that seldom seriously bother this hardy plant, but will quickly move on to any nearby tomatoes.

Problems

Leaves, stems, and buds distorted. Cause: Aphids. For controls, see "Leaves, stems, and buds distorted" on page 20.

Leaves yellow; plant weakened. Cause: Whiteflies. See "Leaves yellow; plant weakened" on page 18 for controls.

Seedlings or young plants cut off at soil level Cause: Cutworms. For control measures, see "Seedlings or young plants cut off at soil level" on page 20.

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