How to Start Tobacco Plants


It is believed that tobacco has been used in the Americas since the first century A.D., according to the Boston University Medical Center. Tobacco seeds are tiny; 1 oz. of seeds may contain as many as 300,000 individual seeds. Tobacco seeds are available to purchase in areas where tobacco is commonly grown or can be ordered online from a variety of seed vendors.

Step 1

Fill a seed flat or flower pot with potting soil. If you only want a small number of tobacco plants, a 6- to 8-inch flower pot works well for starting the seed.

Step 2

Mist the soil in the flat or pot until the soil is moist to the touch.

Step 3

Sprinkle the tobacco seed evenly over the top of the moist soil.

Step 4

Press the seeds onto the soil so that they have good contact with the soil. There is no need to bury the seed in the soil.

Step 5

Place the flat or pot in a warm area. Mist the soil as often as needed to keep the soil moist but not overly wet. Fertilize the young plants after they have emerged and established roots, using a liquid fertilizer labeled for tomatoes.

Step 6

Thin the plants to one plant every 2 to 3 inches in the flat or pot.

Step 7

Transplant the seedlings outdoors when they reach 6 to 8 inches in height.

Things You'll Need

  • Seed flat or flowerpot
  • Potting soil
  • Water mister bottle
  • Tomato fertilizer


  • University of Florida IFAS Extension: Growing Tobacco in the Home Garden
  • Boston University Medical Center: The History of Tobacco
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