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Tobacco 'Select Chocolate Chip'
Tobacco 'Select Chocolate Chip'
Seed Packet

Tobacco 'Select Chocolate Chip'

Nicotiana hyb.
Deep, dark, almost black Nicotiana had been rare as hen's teeth until we grew this exclusive we call 'Chocolate Chip' for its dangling tubular flowers tipped in a bittersweet chocolate hue. As the blossoms age, some red hints emerge for a subtle contrast. Show it off with flaxen-haired ponytail grass.
SKU #S1860
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 1.5' w
Full sun to partial shade
Rich, moist, well-drained
Summer to fall
Deep chocolate brown
Great for containers
Great Cut Flower
Deer Resistant
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Bees
Attracts Hummingbirds
Surface sow; requires light to germinate.
Sprout Time:
10-21 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.
Part of the Solanaceae family of plants that includes poisonous Datura and the edible tomato, tobacco are generous bloomers, their clusters of tubular flowers adding a contrasting form to summer's many rounded flower shapes. It is right at home in cottage gardens at the edges and mid border. Flowering tobaccos grow best in moderate summer areas in humus-rich soils well supplied with even water. In scorching hot climates, afternoon shade is beneficial. Regular fertilizer and deadheading will encourage free flowering and an abundance of hummingbirds and hawk moths hovering and dipping their beaks into the long flaring trumpets. Self-sows. Caution: all parts of Nicotiana are poisonous.
Final Spacing:
Water Requirements:
Medium Water Use
Watering Details:
Regular, even watering; 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.