I started growing this plant back in 2004. I had only slightly experimented with growing plants from seed until this year came along. Since these seeds were extremely tiny, I took care to only place one or two on top of the soil in each cell pack. Or so I thought. Imagine pricking eight tiny seedlings out of the seed pack, transplanting them to another cell, and having them fair just well. Yup, that shows the resilience of this plant.
I started some more this year and they are all doing well. Even with being transported to Maine and planted in my mother's Maine garden. They are gorgeous up there and down here too.
This tender perennial blooms all season and seedpods form immediately. Since mine grow to about 3-4 feet high, it is easy to brush up against this seedpod/flower stalk when walking through the garden. Guess what happens? Those billions of tiny seeds cascade all over the unsuspecting visitor and fall into the garden.
Grow flowering tobacco in shade to sun and everything in between. The more sun it receives the more water it will need, but I find mine are not particularly fussy. Here in my Zone 6/7 garden flowering tobacco usually returns each year and sometimes self seeds; which is always welcomed in this plant.
I've sent these seeds a long to a few readers and wanted to share the plant and how to grow it with them specifically, but honestly this plant is a lot of fun for everyone, easy to grow, and readily available. Enjoy.
Those that I promised seeds too but who have not received them yet, I have not forgotten, just been busy. I will get them out soon. If anyone else would like some seeds, let me know.
For a very pretty bottle tree do check out Iowa Gardening Woman at My Iowa Garden.
in the garden....