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How to Start Tobacco Plants

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How to Start Tobacco Plants

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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
Keywords: grow tobacco, start tobacco seeds, growing tobacco

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G. K. Bayne is a freelance writer, currently writing for Demand Studios where her expertise in back-to-basics, computers and electrical equipment are the basis of her body of work. Bayne began her writing career in 1975 and has written for Demand since 2007.