Days to Germination:7-21 days
Nicotiana. This old-fashioned favorite is best started indoors 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost date in the spring. Sow shallowly since light aids germination. Pamper with 70°-80°F temperatures, strong light, good air circulation and moist soil by covering flats or pots with plastic wrap. Remove plastic wrap once the sprouts emerge. Once seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant to larger, deeper pots for full root system development. After all danger of frost has passed, harden them off by gradually acclimating them to the outdoors over 7 to 10 days. Transplant out in rich, well-draining soil and full to partial sunlight. Water regularly and mulch to deter weeds and retain ground moisture. An heirloom favorite, Nicotiana is a tall, elegant plant graced with long, tubular white flowers with an intoxicating fragrance. It may even self-sow! Summer flowering.