Friday, May 15, 2020

Mold Ruins Tobacco

... is what I get from searching for info on the topic.

I'm looking for info because my fermenting tobacco turned moldy.

It's easy to see the dark spots of the mold in this photo.
And that's that with regards to my tobacco experiment. I'm not going to bother inhaling spores, I'm just going to throw all of it into the trash. I've never smoked and I had no intention of starting the habit, I just wanted to go through the process. Well, I went through the process and everything fell to pieces at the end.

I won't deny there's a significant amount of sadness and regret in this. I really wanted to smoke some of it. The only positive I can pull from this is that I've experienced a little of what it's like to raise a crop, only to have it fail at the end and be left with nothing. We've had failed plants before, but I've never taken something through this elaborate of a sequence only to end up with nothing.

In retrospect, I wish I'd raised only one or two plants and taken considerable care with the harvesting and storage. I bit off way more than I could chew. Or smoke, for that matter.

Oh well. I can say I almost did it.


tim eisele said...

Well, at least you established that you can grow tobacco satisfactorily as an ornamental plant, and that it does in fact get really big and impressive for you. That's something. And if you can get tobacco hornworms to eat it, then you could raise up a lot of sphinx moths to fly around your garden at night like little nocturnal hummingbirds. That could also be fun.

Ohioan@Heart said...

Bummer. Better luck next time.

K T Cat said...

Yes. Hornworms. It all makes sense now.

(beats head against desk)

ligneus said...

Next time grow sweet corn, it's much simpler and you could make a corn cob pipe to smoke your tobac.........oh, never mind.

K T Cat said...

If I grow corn, I can still go with the Hank Williams Jr. song as the verse about tobacco also mentions corn-based, err, food.

"We make our own whiskey and our own smoke, too."

Whiskey would be substantially, pardon the rhyme, less risky.

IlĂ­on said...

"I've never smoked and I had no intention of starting the habit, ..."

*sigh of relief*

ligneus said...

"I've never smoked and I had no intention of starting the habit, ..."

Me too, to coin a well known phrase or saying.

But. after all the demonisation of tobacco, don't you find it amusing that smokers have a better recovery rate from the coronavirus?