Nicotiana Garden Guide
Nicotiana Stats at a Glance
Botanical Name: Nicotiana alata
Common Name(s): Flowering tobacco, jasmine tobacco, ornamental tobacco
Height: 1 to 3 feet
Soil Conditions: Well-drained, rich, moist soil
Sun: Full sun/partial shade
Starting Nicotiana from Seed
To start indoors, fill individual peat pots with a fertile commercial soil starter and moisten. Sprinkle the seeds on the surface of the soil, as they need light to germinate. Place in a room with a constant temperature of 70-75°F. Cover with clear plastic wrap to maintain the soil moisture and temperature. Keep the soil moist. When seedlings appear, remove the plastic wrap and move to a sunny location.
When to Start Seeds: 6-7 weeks prior to threat of last frost in spring.
Time to Germination: 10-15 days
Light/Dark Requirement: Light
When to Plant Nicotiana
Transplant seedlings or purchased plants in the garden as soon as the last threat of frost has passed and the soil reaches 70°F.
Where to Plant Nicotiana
Plants prefer full sun to partial shade in rich moist soil.
Nicotiana Plant Spacing
Nicotiana Care and Maintenance
Plants thrive in heat and humidity as long as they are watered well.
Shear leggy plants in midsummer to encourage flowering.
Remove spent flowers to encourage flowering.
The most common pests associated with nicotiana include aphids, flea beetle.