My tobacco plants have been shooting up over the past few weeks.
I re-potted some of the biggest ones, and this is a shot of them on 2 August:
Here’s what they look like today, 13 August, with a metal foot rule for scale. The one without a bamboo stick is the same one in both pictures:
They’ve climbed over 6 inches (about half an inch a day), and are now about 18 inches high. That’s almost half way to the top of the window. If they keep growing at this rate for another month, they’ll add another 15 inches, and be just 10 inches from the underside of the lintel.
I’m now beginning to think about drying and curing tobacco. The plants are dropping a few of their lower leaves, and I’ve chopped up one of these (a bit laboriously with scissors), and added it to bought tobacco. I might try drying leaves completely, and then grinding them into small fragments, and adding that to bought tobacco to just bulk it out a little. And maybe with some leaves I’ll try the technique of partly drying them and then tying them into small bundles, which I’ve seen on Junican’s site somewhere.
Anyway, it’s beginning to look like I’ll have a fairly good crop in a month or two.
Given my new interest in theoretical plant growth and theoretical cell biology, I’ve also been wondering today whether I might be able to actually look at some plant cells. I’ve got a microscope with 100x, 200x, and 300x magnification. Does anyone know if that’s enough to look at cells? Do I need to prepare them and stain them to see anything?
It reminds me that I saw online a microscope that could be connected to a computer. I seem to remember that it didn’t magnify much though. But it wasn’t very expensive.