Tobacco from farm to the Cigar - How Many Tobacco Plants per Acre?
Each type of tobacco has an ideal denseness in the field. To ensure a well-balanced development of the plant and produce the product required by industry, the grower has to respect spacing between plants when transplanting. The range is quite large, from 4,800 plants per acre for some large and thick dark tobacco to 16,000 plants per acre for lighter tobacco. Even more for the tiny oriental type. Wrappers are generally transplanted at a denseness of 10-12,000 per acre. If you are looking to buy Cigars Online then take at our massive online inventory at El Cigar Shop or call 215-576-5300
How Many Tobacco Crops per Year?
A tobacco plant grows and ripes within a 5 month period. However, it is nearly impossible to get 2 usable crops in the same year because of the weather condition requirements.
Tobacco and Water
Like many other plants, tobacco does not like extreme weather conditions, particularly the lack or the excess of water. Drought will give thick, yellowish, paper-type leaves, rich in starch and sharp in taste. Floods wash out the leaves. They are very thin, fragile, unable to ripen properly, with ghastly colors, white veins, and bad taste. Tobacco hates putting its feet in the water.
A Tobacco Farm
Tobacco is grown either in huge plantations or on small farms. The type of settlement depends on the history and the culture of the country where tobacco is produced. Once the tobacco is harvested and cured, the processing requires big volumes. If his crop size is not large enough, the farmer can't process his own material, and he will sell his cured tobacco to companies that aggregate small crops for processing. Large plantations growing enough tobacco that allows them to process it themselves are not so many when compared to the millions of small producers all around the world.
There are two ways to harvest tobacco when it is ripe. Either leaf by leaf (starting from the foot and picking up 2 or 3 leaves every 2 or 3 days) or by a stalk (cutting the plant at once). In the first case, each leave is supposed to be picked up at the right ripeness. In the second case, the tobacco is harvested at an average ripeness condition, which means over-ripe for bottom leaves and under-ripe for top leaves. As far as wrappers are concerned, leaf-by-leaf picking is the rule.