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Question: 718-1212
I have thousands of tobacco seeds that are tiny. What is the best way to start them? I have an area that is 40 by 20 feet. Graham, Montgomery, AL

Mort's Answer:
You could put out half of them directly outdoors. You soil will need to be rich in compost and manure and be well-drained. Plants need to be a foot apart and in three foot rows. Put a layer of cornmeal over the seeds. They can be placed with three seeds in each spot. Start the rest indoors now. Use good potting soil in trays with a quarter inch of fine sand on the top. Make a line in the sand to receive the seeds. Soil can be soaked the first day to make it moist. Mist every day from the second day. When the seedlings are three inches high, you can separate them with tweezers. Be careful not to break the stems or roots.Temperatures indoors and outdoors need to be 70 or higher. Separated seedlings can be placed in four inch peat pots with plenty of light. You can put them in rows outdoors as soon as they are ready.

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