Float Tobacco Transplant Production Guide

Greenhouse production of tobacco plants has become the standard method for growing tobacco plants. The practice has become routine for tobacco growers throughout the flue cured and burley growing states. Production problems have become minor especially since the practice of addressing water quality has become common place. However problems do still occur and are mainly related to but not limited to, soil mix issues, fertilizer salt injury, spiral root, algae growth, and some pest occurrence.

As a service to our viewers we are including here what we believe is the most comprehensive production guide available. It is produced by Dr. T. David Reed of Virginia Tech. Dr. Reed is the Extension Agronomist for tobacco at the Southern Peidmont Agricultural Research and Extension Center at Blackstone Virginia.

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Since the introduction of greenhouse tobacco production in the mid-1980′s, Dr Reed was the first to embraced the technology and has since performed the most research on growing greenhouse tobacco plants than any other researcher. His work includes but is not limited to the following:

    1. Maximizing the yield of usable transplants
    2. Alternative production systems, including the development of a biodegradable, disposable tray
    3. Management practices – seeding dates, clipping, media and fertilizer evaluations, management practices corresponding to greenhouse water chemistry, tray, sanitation, etc.
    4. Seed performance and seedling mortality factors

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Float Greenhouse Tobacco: Transplant
Production Guide
T. David Reed, Extension Agronomist, Tobacco