Tobacco for smoking can be grown with reasonable success in the south of England if given the proper attention. Note that this crop is quite easy to grow, the difficulties arising when one comes to drying etc. The best soil is an acid, sandy loam. Work in plenty of sulphate of potash and bonemeal. Choose a sunny position with some protection from wind which can easily tear the leaves. Seed is sown in a warm greenhouse in March and the seedlings planted in their permanent quarters in early June when all risk of frost is gone. Space 2 ft. apart, allowing 31/2 ft. between rows. Some support will be needed as the plants start to grow. Water copiously during dry weather. Drying and the subsequent curing are tricky operations and the amateur should consult literature issued by the National Amateur Tobacco Grower’s Association. Practical assistance can be obtained. One well-known seedsman who has carried out extensive trials of numerous varieties in his nursery publishes a most informative leaflet and offers seed of various kinds, suitable for different soils and conditions.

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