Heirloom, Rare, and Exotic Tobacco Seeds Types
Regardless of experience, climate, or continent, our diverse selection of tobacco seeds is certain to have the right tobacco variety for you! Buying tobacco seeds online has never been easier as each month we are expanding our line of cigar tobacco seeds to provide home growers with the largest variety of tobacco leaves for every step of the process. Cigar Fillers. Cigar Binders. Cigar Wrappers. We've got them all and in a wide variety of flavor, size, color, and tolerances.
Burley tobacco is a 19th century Kentucky heirloom grown for light and flavorful cigar leaves that air-dry to a delicate golden yellow. The term “Burley” tobacco refers to a wide range of cigar filler tobacco originating from the Kentucky (KY 15 and KY 17) and Tennessee regions (TN 90 LC) widely agreed upon as some of the best tobacco seeds for pipe and cigarette production.
Criollo tobacco or more commonly known as Cuban tobacco or Creole tobacco, is one of the oldest varieties of cigar tobacco still grown. During its long history, Criollo cigar tobacco has been cultivated for every part of a cigar including the filler, binder, and if grown as a shade tobacco, Criollo is one of the best tobacco seeds for flavorful cigar wrappers. Criollo type tobaccos can cure to be bold and dark (Bolivian Criollo Black) or as a medium golden brown (Havana 608 and Habano 2000).
Maryland tobacco shares many similar properties to both Burley and Virginia type cigar tobacco. Because Virginia tobacco was known for its heavy production in the face of poor conditions, many Maryland and Pennsylvania varieties were crossed to feature some of these desirable tolerances (Pennbel 69). Maryland, Ohio, and Pennsylvania tobacco leaves are some of the best tobacco seeds for a mild and mellow cigar filler.
Native American tobacco is a generic term for any heirloom tobacco plant that is a member of the species Nicotiana rustica (“wild” tobacco) as opposed to Nicotiana tabacum (“common” tobacco”). Also known as “strong” tobacco, Native American tobacco produces highly potent leaves with nearly double the nicotine content and is widely popular for use in incense and ritual. Wild heirloom varieties such as Kessu and Punche are intended to flower and go to seed during the season.
Turkish tobacco, sometimes known as Oriental tobacco, is celebrated as one of the most aromatic varieties of tobacco available. Unlike Burley, Criollo, or Virginia tobaccos, Turkish varieties produce an abundance of slightly smaller cigar tobacco leaves per plant (Prilep and Bursa) as opposed to a few large ones exclusive for cigar wrappers. Turkish cigar tobacco is now an American staple as a flavorful, world-class cigar binder.
Virginia tobacco is also known as “brightleaf” tobacco and is one of the best tobacco seeds for growing in poor, sandy, and depleted soils across the country. Virginia and North Carolina tobaccos (Virginia 116 and NC 95) were exclusively cultivated in the shallow, rocky soils of the Appalachian mountains producing an abundance of thin, yet flavorful cigar tobacco used as a mild cigar filler. Virginia tobacco boasts golden cigar leaves with a heavy tolerance, truly one of the best tobacco seeds for beginners.
Is It Legal to Grow Tobacco?
Yes! Like any fruit or vegetable in the home garden, tobacco is absolutely legal to be grown, harvested, and cured for personal use in the United States.
However, growing with the intent for commercial production and resale would require federal USDA licensing and permits just like any other agricultural corporation. Selling your personally harvested tobacco leaves at a Farmers’ Market or a store carries a little more red tape than simply selling fresh produce.
Sellers or “marketers” of any untaxed tobacco products are liable to face local, state, and federal penalties depending on severity and location.
If growing cigar tobacco at home, it’s best not to sell any product unless obtaining a license to do so as a fully-taxed professional.
Large selection of tobacco seeds for various uses. Tobacco seeds are extremely small, difficult to handle, and can be challenging to germinate but, once sprouted and rooted in the garden, will flourish like a weed with little attention needed up until harvest.
Similar to tomatoes or sweet corn, tobacco is a heavy nitrogen feeder benefiting from an organic fertilizer throughout the season. Once firmly rooted, tobacco requires little watering and only a light addition of fertilizer 4-6 weeks later. Full Tobacco Growing Guide Available!
Tobacco leaves are ready to harvest when a pale golden yellow, which allows for an even and fast curing process. Leaves do not turn yellow all at once but begin slowly from the base of the plant as green chlorophyll is broken down. Aging allows time for nitrogen compounds in the leaf to break down, removing the harshness of freshly cured tobacco and allowing true flavors to be accentuated.