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Tobacco 'Jasmine'
Seed Packet

Tobacco 'Jasmine'

Nicotiana alata grandiflora
White star-shaped tubular flowers open in the early evening filling the atmosphere with a warm sweetness. Unwind after a busy day with this night bloomer. An 1889 seed catalog recommends their use in the center of a bed of evening flowers, strategically sited under the parlor window; another advises cutting them for bouquets. Self-sows.
SKU #S345
Caution: Poisonous. The purchaser assumes all liability related to the use of this product.
Approximate Seeds Per Packet
Annual Hardiness
Half Hardy Annual
Mature Size
3-4' h x 2.5' w
Full sun to partial shade
Rich, moist, well-drained
Summer to fall
White trumpets with green tinged reverse
Great Cut Flower
Deer Resistant
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Bees
Attracts Hummingbirds
Surface sow; requires light to germinate.
Sprout Time:
7-14 days
Seed To Bloom:
10-12 weeks
Starting Indoors:
Start indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost. Keep at 60-75°F. Sprinkle with vermiculite or cover with humidity dome to keep moist.
Starting Outdoors:
Direct sow after last frost.
After last frost.
Rather droopy during the day, jasmine tobacco transforms as the sun's afternoon rays lengthen, lifting its white star-shaped blossoms and releasing an intoxicating sweet fragrance into the warm, velvety air of summer nights. Nicotiana is right at home in cottage gardens at the back border. Flowering tobaccos grow best in moderate summer areas planted in humus-rich soils well supplied with even water. In scorching hot climates, afternoon shade is beneficial. Regular fertilizer and deadheading will ensure free flowering all season and an abundance of hummingbirds and hawk moths hovering and dipping their beaks into the long trumpets. Self-sows. Caution: all parts of Nicotiana are poisonous.
Final Spacing:
Water Requirements:
Medium Water Use
Watering Details:
Regular, even watering of 1" per week.
Soil pH:
Prefers slightly acidic soil but is tolerant of a wide range of pH levels.
Mix in about 2" of compost prior to planting, and use several applications of organic fertilizer during the season.
Diseases & Pests:
Nicotiana can be susceptible to aphids; water sprays or insecticidal soap can safely remedy the issue. Tobacco budworms eat holes in the buds and devour seeds later in the summer. Try to hand pick them at dusk when they come out to feed. In autumn, tilling in annual beds can help destroy pupae and decrease populations the following year. Tobacco hornworm, the caterpillar stage of a hawk moth, also feeds on Nicotiana and can be controlled by handpicking. Look for the black droppings, as the green caterpillars are hard to spot, and remove immediately, as they can ravage the foliage. White eggs attached to them indicate that a predator insect has parasitized them, and the caterpillars should be left alone.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
Harvest when flowers are mostly open.