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 Post subject: Best tobacco for cigarettes?
PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2012 10:01 am 
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What would be the best tobacco for making cigarettes and growing in mid Missouri?


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 Post subject: Re: Best tobacco for cigarettes?
PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2012 2:59 pm 
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Welcome to the forum, Jason. A typical cigarette formulation consist of a blend of a Virginia variety (sometimes called flue-cured), a burley and a Turkish:
  • Virginia: 40%
  • Burley: 40%
  • Samsun: 10%

That's a reasonable starting place. Since there are scores of Virginia varieties, scores of burley varieties, and scores of Turkish varieties, what you will end up with is bound to be unique.

It's pretty late in the season to start from seed, since it wouldn't go into the ground until nearly July. You might consider ordering ready transplants from BigBonner (a member). He has a recent thread listing available varieties. These could be planted as soon as they arrive.

Bob


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 Post subject: Re: Best tobacco for cigarettes?
PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 2:49 am 
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Shouldn' be 100% total instead of 90% ?


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 Post subject: Re: Best tobacco for cigarettes?
PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 9:35 am 
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It's the new math. Common cigarette blends use 40-60% Virginia; 30-60% burley; 10-20% Turkish (sometimes part Samsun, blended with a milder Turkish, like Izmir or Bafra). Or you can use that missing 10% for a secret ingredient variety, say Prilep or Xanthi Djebel.

Bob


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 Post subject: Re: Best tobacco for cigarettes?
PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 9:42 am 
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YES!

The secret ingredient is very important to make your own special blend.
And I don't feel more than 10% is required to have a significant effect on what might be a 'standard blend'.

Very small amounts frequently make a big difference!

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