How to Prune Aztec Tobacco


Aztec tobacco is a sacred plant to many Native American Nations. It is native to the U.S. and Mexico and only grows naturally in warm climates. Aztec tobacco is only hardy to zone 8. Cold weather does not suit this plant at all. To get the most out of your plant, it is best to prune Aztec tobacco regularly. Don't worry, as pruning Aztec tobacco is quite simple.

Step 1

Prune Aztec tobacco in the early summer as it starts to bloom. By pruning early you can increase the amount of leaves your Aztec tobacco will produce.

Step 2

Remove any dead or damaged foliage from the Aztec tobacco. Remove the foliage at the base of the plant. This will give the Aztec tobacco more air circulation and increase the amount of energy it spends producing more leaves.

Step 3

Trim off any flowers or flower buds at the base of the flower or flower bud. By pruning off the flowers, the Aztec tobacco may produce more leaves instead.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not prune off any growing leaves on the Aztec tobacco until it is time to harvest it.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears


  • Aztec Tobacco
  • MPC Species

Who Can Help

  • Wild Aztec Tobacco
Keywords: prune Aztec tobacco, pruning Aztec tobacco, Aztec tobacco

About this Author

Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer and contributing editor for many online publications. She has been writing professionally since 2008 and her interests are travel, gardening, sewing and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Johnson taught English in Japan. She has a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.