Nicotiana Rustica – Aztec Tabacco

I have ordered in a new kind of tobacco to me, it’s often called the Aztec Tobacco and it has a crazy high rate of nicotine. The average tobacco has 1 to 3 percent, this plant on average has 9 percent.

Now don’t worry I have not suddenly taken up smoking.

This plant is coming to the farm for me to use as a naturally grown and produced  on farm pesticide.  I already make a drench from Rhubarb Leaves for some uses and I have used tabacco for other uses on the farm.

Its a very old remedy with a lot of fork lore around it and on the other hand I have seen it in action, I still remember seeing chaw being used to help heal a eye issue on a horse in my teens. It worked quite well, I remember wanting to know why? The answer was.. because it does..

So many of the questions asked as because So and so tried it and it worked so he told me and I used it and it worked..  (of course those type of things did not work all the time and thankfully today we can call the vet and get help)

Still there are two very proven ways that tobacco does help in.. one is as a spray that can be used in the gardens and when used carefully and with thought, it can help clean out worms in certain critters.

Like all things when plants are grown in the real world, amounts flex from plant to plant and trying to figure out doses is always tricky and we learn as we go.

Still I am excited about adding this new plant to my farm, the native bees will love the flowers, guests will think its a pretty plant and very few will even know what it is to look at and me?

I have something new to learn and work with that will ideally give me a useful product in the end..  Win-Win

Do you grow Tabacco in your garden? if so why.. if not.. why not?

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13 Responses to Nicotiana Rustica – Aztec Tabacco

  1. Silveryew says:

    My mother grew tobacco plants for decoration when I was a child, I haven’t seen them here in the UK.

    She also made her own homemade insecticide – she smokes so cigarette butts in water, sprayed on plants, killed a lot of insects.

    • interesting that you have not seen them in the uk, they are more common then folks think in many gardens here in Canada but grown more for the flowers and for a tall back plant.

      it does indeed work well on killing many insects, I have made it with fresh leaves and with dried both seem to work very well indeed

  2. Hokonui says:

    I live not to far from your area , SDG ( Stone Dirt and Gravel) , I have planted Aztec Tobacco for year as well as a Havana bred, the Aztec is quite hardy and will Self seed ( the seeds are tiny and go every where ) , I dont smoke but the Havana plants are the ones with big and beautiful leaves

  3. Bruce says:

    I live not to far from your area , SDG ( Stone Dirt and Gravel) , I have planted Aztec Tobacco for year as well as a Havana bred, the Aztec is quite hardy and will Self seed ( the seeds are tiny and go every where ) , I dont smoke but the Havana plants are the ones with big and beautiful leaves

    • hi bruce, I moderate comments so you need to give me time to approve them, I removed your last name from post šŸ™‚ again thanks for feedback, do you also farm or just have a big garden?/

      • Bruce says:

        Thanks…for the removal… Big garden my wife and myself all sorts of intereresting herbs and Veg’s..

      • Welcome, That sounds just wonderful.. Its great to try new kinds of plants and the flavours are amazing compared to what we can get at the store. I hope you/wife will pop by the blog and keep me a bit posted on how its going for you guys in 2019. PS. Did you catch that Salt Springs seeds have a great 2 for 1 sale going on right now. While you need to check your zones, its a great deal šŸ™‚

  4. Marla says:

    HI Valeria,
    This is very interesting. I had never heard of tobacco being a remedy before. Thanks for enlightening me.!

    • I have grown the lower percent before but never this higher rated kind, I am quite interested in how it will work, I will do a detailed post later on this coming summer on how to make your spray. Its important to put a “bitter” into it for the bee’s as they like Nicotine even though its bad for them health wise.

  5. Frank says:

    Hi Valerie, i found this post very interesting! I will have to try and find some tobacco seeds in my area and plant a few!

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