How to Grow Tobacco Plants


The tobacco plant is an annual herbaceous plant that grows 36 to 48 inches tall. It has bright white flowers that bloom in the late summer and early fall. The flowers have a rich scent in the evenings when they open, but they close during the day. Tobacco has no food value. In fact all parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested. You need not be a connoisseur of smoking tobacco to enjoy growing this pretty flowering plant in your garden.

Step 1

Fill a starter tray with equal parts potting soil and peat hummus. Mix the potting soil and peat hummus in a bucket first so that the materials are blended well. Start this four to six weeks before the last frost date in your area.

Step 2

Sprinkle the tiny tobacco seeds evenly and liberally onto the soil in the starter tray. Leave the seeds uncovered.

Step 3

Place the seed trays in a dark place where temperatures are 70 to 80 degrees F.

Step 4

Remove the seed tray to a inside area after 10 to 12 days and where temperatures are around 55 degrees F. You should see small plants beginning to grow.

Step 5

Loosen the soil in the planting area with a shovel or garden fork. Mix the soil with rich compost. This should be done four to six weeks after the seedlings have germinated and begun to show growth.

Step 6

Separate each seedling and gently pull the plants apart. Plant each seedling 18 to 20 inches apart.

Step 7

Water your tobacco plants every three to five days. The soil should feel damp to the touch. Do not let the soil dry out completely.

Step 8

Fertilize using rich compost one to two times a week to provide important nitrogen and pot ash elements to the soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Seed-starter tray
  • Peat hummus
  • Potting soil
  • Bucket
  • Warm cupbord
  • Shovel or garden fork
  • Compost


  • University of Florida IFAS Extension: Growing Tobacco in the Home Garden
Keywords: home tobacco growing, ornamental tobacco, anual flowering plants

About this Author

Olivia Parker has been a freelance writer with Demand Studios for the past year, writing for Garden Guides and eHow. She has studied herbal and alternative medicine and worked as a landscape artist and gardener. Parker is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Arts from Boston University Online.