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Question: 709-1012
I live in north central PA, and am looking to grow a supply of the medicinal herb, Lobelia inflata. I would like to know the optimal soil conditions needed for this plant and if there is anything I need to know about growing this plant so I don't run into any surprises (pests, diseases, etc?) Daryl

Mort's Answer:
Lobelia is easily grown in almost all soils. It is a biennial, which means it can be planted in the fall and covered with straw for earlier spring growth. It will probably reseed itself, if enough leaves are left in the fall to cover them. Germination will be easier if the soil is sandy. Indian tobacco is relatively free from pathogens. All purpose fertilizer can be used after the plants are established.

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