Truly unexpected as a garden plant, ornamental tobacco used to be outlawed. Today, local governments recognize that this ornamental plant doesn’t pose any health risks.
Ornamental tobacco, a short facts list
Name – Nicotiana
Family – Solanaceae or nightshade family
Type – perennial
Height – 20 to 60 inches (50 to 150 cm)
Exposure – full sun, part sun, shade
Soil – ordinary
Flowering – June to September
Planting ornamental tobacco
Ornamental tobacco is planted in April if purchased in nursery pots.
- Add soil mix and, if possible, organic soil conditioner such as manure and seaweed.
If sowing from seed, better to consider sowing in a sheltered place during the month of March. Later on, transplant to nursery pots when the first leaves have appeared. Lastly, during the month of May, transfer to the soil enriched with a good soil mix and organic soil conditioner (again, manure and seaweed for instance).
Pruning ornamental tobacco
Remove wilted flowers regularly (deadheading).
Comments about ornamental tobacco
This perennial flowers abundantly all summer long. In a flower bed, along edges or even in a garden box, this plant will for sure provide you with an abundance of flowers. The fragrance, in addition, is truly unique.
It’s a one-of-a-kind plant to grow!
Ornamental tobacco is a host of cabbage butterfly. If you notice its caterpillars chewing away at leaves, remove them at once.
- Propagate this tobacco plant through crown division
Smart tip about ornamental tobacco
Flower tobacco also fits right into any bouquet prepared in a vase.