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Native Tobacco Nicotiana Forsteri Debneyi Seeds
Packet of 100+ tiny teeny super small seeds.
This fella is a cool local native species that often gets overlooked.
I have only ever found it in areas protected from cattle grazing, and I personally believe the hooves and grazing activity puts these guys under serious strain.
Being a Nicotiana species they are very closely related to commercial smoking tobacco strains and contain many of the same chemicals like Nicotine.
They use this chemical to help protect from insect attack and for this reason I believe there may be potential to use it in insect sprays.
Unfortunately, due to legal, licensing and taxation reasons, you can not legally smoke this, or use it as an insecticide, or use it for any reason at all apart from looking at, which is a real shame I reckon.
I can and do, only sell these seeds for ornamental reasons.
Questions about how to make a bug spray or the safety of smoking or ingesting in any way will not be answered. Don’t waste your and my time, please.
My personal believe that these and about a million other rules is just silly, doesn’t actually change them. I just obey them and hope one day some common sense will prevail. Fingers crossed..
Anyway, it is a pretty little fella and the bees love to pollinate the flowers, and it is a rarely seen native species.
Plenty of reason to have it in the collection.
I am really hoping that other folks may admire it as much as I do, and maybe consider growing this ornamental instead of imported species like Vinca, Dimorphotheca, Oxalis etc.
There is a bit of confusion regarding names, and this fella is also sometimes know as Nicotiana suaveolens, Nicotiana suaveolens var. parviflora, Nicotiana debneyi subsp. debneyi, but the pros tell me the name Nicotiana Forsteri is considered correct these days.
Native to many parts of New South Wales and Queensland, it is also found on Lord Howe island and in New Caledonia.
I am on the third or fourth generation now from originally wild collected seeds and I have to say, it has a lot of positives.
Quite easy to grow, but seems slow as it is near invisible to start with.
Takes a couple months before you see seedlings like in the picture, which is a fair bit slower than the commercial tobacco strains I’m told.
Once its up it is pretty simple to grow.
Full sun if you water often and have good soil, partial shade in a cool moist spot if you don’t.
That’s pretty much it?
Something a bit unique for the collection.
Grown by me and the Mrs organically, no chems no nasties, no problems!!!