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Natural tobacco from your home garden!
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Tired of skyrocketing tobacco prices, increasing taxes (even on RYO tobacco)
and increasingly inferior toxic commercial tobacco quality?
Grow heirloom tobacco in your home garden, container garden, or even hydroponically!

Backyard Tobacco Garden is not difficult. If you can grow tomatoes or green peppers, you can grow tobacco. The backyard garden pictured above is 12 feet by 16 feet, and produces four to five pounds of tobacco per crop!
Just plant traditional heirloom tobacco seed in your own home garden, use the information on the HT Garden Page and learn how to grow, harvest and cure the finest homegrown tobacco.  

Landscape Tobacco Garden  is a great alternative to a full size traditional backyard garden. Just select a good size flower garden somewhere around your house, and transform it into a small scale tobacco garden. The picture below is a landscape tobacco garden of Guatemala Virginia (front row) and Yenidje (back row). 

The quality of home grown natural tobacco is  superior to any commercial tobacco product. A home tobacco garden can produce the finest leaf around. Harvested, dried and cured properly natural tobacco from the home tobacco garden can produce the best tobacco available anywhere in the world.

The most important thing is tobacco seed. Most commercial tobacco seed is genetically modified or chemically treated to enhance germination and seedling survival rate. Here at Heirloom Tobacco the goal is to make genuine natural tobacco a more widely available alternative to toxic commercial tobacco industry products.

The HT Seed Bank offers many native traditional and old world tobacco varieties. These are authentic ancestral primitive strains of natural tobacco, passed down and cultivated for generations. Browse through the pictures and  details of each variety: Barinas, Bosikapal, Criollo, Daule, Habano, Little Dutch, Madole, Mopan Maya, Orinoco, Pretinho, Guatemala Virginia, Vuelta Abajo, Yenidje, and Yumbo. You can order seeds directly by email - it's easy, and you can even use Pay Pal to make ordering quick and secure.

The HT Tobacco Garden page gives you detailed step-by-step directions how to germinate your tobacco seeds, transplant seedlings into your garden, cultivate your crop for maximum productivity, how and when to harvest your crop for premium quality, and even how to cure and age your harvest to produce the finest natural tobacco available anywhere in the world! 

The HT Smoking Hawks
page is just for natural tobacco smokers, and is dedicated to helping natural tobacco smokers get the most from their home tobacco gardens. This page also offers curing and processing supplies and accessories: Genuine Justo Fulgarius cigar molds, Chaveta Tobacco Knives, and more.  You can order directly by email - and use Pay Pal to make it quick and secure.

The HT Resources & FAQs page offers additional information as well as recommended books and useful links for the backyard tobacco gardener.  FAQs gives answers to some of the most basic questions.

Our connection with mother earth is threatened by neglect, largely due to the expansion of technology and how it increasingly automates our life experience. Too many have forgotten what soil feels like in their hands. It seems a small thing to dig in the dirt and grow a plant - any plant.  In fact, it is no small thing. It maintains our deep connection to mother earth as we branch out through progress in science and technology into a virtual cyber-world.

Some tobacco products claim to be ‘natural

  Natural tobacco is superior to commercial tobacco products in a few critical ways. Natural means natural genetics, no toxic chemical fertilizers or pesticides, no artificial curing or processing, just pure unadulterated natural tobacco leaf. Remarkable flavor, potency, and variety, as well as outstanding quality are distinctive of natural Heirloom Tobacco.

Natural Genetics - Natural tobacco seeds are not genetically modified or manipulated artificially in a  laboratory (NGMO).  Nature’s laboratory depends on open pollination in the garden to produce natural genetic diversity. Ancestral varieties of tobacco seeds are classed as ‘primitive’ or ‘natural cultivars’ and generally breed true with very little genetic diversity. These heirloom tobacco seed cultivars are the genetic building blocks of genuine natural tobacco.

Naturally Cultivated - Growing tobacco naturally does not involve harsh chemical fertilizers or toxic pesticides. Some of the most serious health hazards related to tobacco are exponentially compounded by pervasive use of toxic chemicals by the commercial tobacco industry. Natives and traditional tobacco growers have cultivated their crops naturally for many generations before the petrochemical industry offered their 'wonders' of science and technology.

Naturally Cured & Processed - Natural tobacco is not artificially cured by the use of high temperatures or application of chemical additives. Kiln curing and flu curing at temperatures of almost 200 degrees F artificially accelerates the curing process. It does not allow for the slower process of natural biosynthesis in natural leaf fermentation, but rather produces an unnatural profile of residual compounds.
Pure natural tobacco flavor and aroma is produced by simple natural processes known and practiced over many generations.

Tobacco produced and processed naturally is truly a rare delight!

Native Traditional tobaccos are said to originate in South America (Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador) and spread into Brazil, Central America (Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rica), and the Carrabien islands (Cuba, Dominican Republic, and Trinidad). Tobacco later spread across oceans and around the planet by Spanish and Dutch explorers.

Old World Classic
tobaccos are those cultivated in various countries regionally for their choice qualities.  In North America the ‘Old Belt’ states of Virginia, North Carolina, and as far south as Florida once grew some of the old classics.  Countries around Turkey and as far East as India are host to the classic Oriental tobaccos (some trace their genetic roots to ancestral South American varieties).

Home grown tobacco  ...  a timeless treasure!

Across the world and over the ages, growing tobacco was done traditionally in family gardens. It was cultivated by Native Americans for centuries before colonialists in North America grew so much of it that it soon became one of their first commodities exported to Europe. The historical record notes that tobacco from the colonies was preferred in Europe as superior to their own. Again today, with tough economic times there is a growing interest in a home tobacco garden.

Natural tobacco grown from heirloom tobacco seed in the home garden is richer in flavor and packs a more powerful punch. A small amount of natural tobacco is enjoyed much more especially blended with traditional herbal blends. Heirloom tobacco from the home garden is perhaps the best quality natural tobacco anywhere in the world. 

Growing Tobacco is not difficult ... indoors or out.

The average life cycle of the tobacco plant is about 70 to 100 days. Different species of tobacco mature at different rates, from 10 up to 16 weeks. During this time, tobacco seeds sprout, grows to maturity, flower and sets seed. Consider your own resources of time, energy and level of enthusiasm when deciding on growing tobacco in your home garden.

If you already have a  home garden, use native or traditional heirloom tobacco seed and just add a row or two of tobacco. If you grow house plants in containers, then a growing tobacco in a container garden is the most direct route to where you want to go. Or you can go hydroponic, take total control of your home tobacco garden and grow year round bumper crops!  

The cost of a home garden is minimal - and rewards are amazing!

There is really no specialized equipment required for growing tobacco (some are useful but not necessary, unless you chose a hydroponic garden). Whatever you use to grow a vegetable or flower garden at home is basically the same for tobacco. Improvise inexpensive alternatives, recycle, share and renew.

The home tobacco garden produces natural tobacco from mother earth, and returns it to father sky through its smoke. The home tobacco garden is a symbol of our determination in the midst of technological advances to remember and respect our connection to mother earth.

By growing tobacco naturally in the home garden, we declare our independence of the corruption and greed of the commercial tobacco industry, and advance into the future remembering to harvest an enduring respect for what mother earth has taught us - freedom, independence, and self-rule are responsibilities that require vigilant care and cultivation.

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Legal Disclaimer - Heirloom Tobacco Com does not support the use of tobacco by persons under the age allowed by law. This site is for adults of legal age in compliance with the law, and that any person viewing this site is aware of the potential health risks involved with the use of tobacco and accepts personal responsibility for their own personal health choices.

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