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Hey, Remember Those Seedlings?


Some of you may recall my seedling experiment. When you last saw them, the largest was all of about three inches in height. Here’s the second priming from the largest of my Goose Creek Reds, which now stands at 5′ and change. This leaf measures 27″ by 14″.

Best results have come from the plants kept under the lanai screen (which cuts approximately 40% of the UV) in earth boxes. All organic, by the way! They’ve been fed only compost tea, diluted to 10:1, and Espoma Garden Tone organic fertilizer. My soil was lacking, which resulted in slower than usual growth. Lesson learned — pH test before transplanting.

Thanks to Sandie in CT, my “horticulture coach,” for continuing to school me up!


1 Cigar Inspector { 10.18.08 at 7:15 am }

Impressive! Looking forward to seeing your first cigars :)

2 Kevin { 10.18.08 at 7:24 am }

Hiya, Denis! Thanks for the link this morning! If I don’t come up with an answer on curing, my “estate grown cigar” dream will perish. So far, I haven’t found a suitable environment for air curing. The leaves seem to be drying too quickly, turning brittle. Haven’t given up, though. I may yet find something that works.

3 cigarfan { 10.20.08 at 12:57 pm }

What a beauty! Nice work. Brittle may not be the end of the world as long as you’re able to rehydrate — how is the color?

4 Kevin { 10.20.08 at 1:04 pm }

Thanks! The color’s awesome, actually. Just as it’s supposed to be, according to the site from which I bought the seeds. Reddish brown, with almost a hint of purple. I should see if I can get a color-accurate shot of it. No idea if it would maintain that color after fermentation.

5 Rob { 10.21.08 at 9:20 pm }

Great looking leaf you got there Kevin.

6 Kevin { 10.22.08 at 4:48 am }

Thx, Rob!

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