Tobacco plants for insect control

tuscawilla(8b almost 9a Micanopy)November 13, 2007

Would growing tobacco near vegetable gardens help control insects. Is there enough nicotine in fresh tobacco to kill an insect that might eat it.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

There probably is not enough nicotine in fresh cut tobacco to do much harm, the leaves need to be cured to concentrate that alkaloid. Nicotine is not considered an accetable organic pesticde any longer.

    Bookmark   November 13, 2007 at 9:45PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Around here, the gardeners who grew up in the depression use tobacco in and around their vegetable gardens as a pesticide / maybe barrier. One guy gave me several uprooted plants the other day for the seed. He'll plant it around the edge of his garden with a few plants scattered in and among what he's growing.

I have no idea if it is scientifically sound, but I know half a dozen guys who swear by it.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2007 at 10:16AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Considering that tobacco is highly susceptible to aphids, whitefly, hornworms and many other kinds of caterpillars, flea beetles, Japanese beetles, weevils, and a HOST of other pests, I can assure you that it does not kill feeding insects nor repel them. Tobacco, as a crop, demands an intense pesticide program.

So, if you're interested in using this plant as a 'trap' crop, I think you'll be pretty impressed with the insect activity it attracts. ;-)

    Bookmark   November 16, 2007 at 1:49PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Whatever these guys use, they call "tobacco", but it sure doesn't look like the commercial varieties I've seen in photographs, - small, maybe 2 " leaves, plants about 2 ft high. Each plant has a dozen or so seed pods about the size of a marble, with a bazillion tiny seeds - it likely is is something else.

    Bookmark   November 17, 2007 at 10:28AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
dchall_san_antonio(8 San Antonio)

What insects are you having problems with?
What veggies are you growing?
What is your soil like?
What fertilizer have you used in the past year?
What else have you used on your garden in the past year?

    Bookmark   November 20, 2007 at 9:34AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
byron(4a/5b NH)

I have some OG grown tobacco, the only inscet problem was flea beatles.

I have used 1/2 package of chewing tobacco purchased in 1994 to control almost every bug in my garden, Leaving my bene's like bees and dragonflies.

The Jerry Baker formula works well for me, $10 for stuff lasted over 13 years.

    Bookmark   November 20, 2007 at 7:22PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
organic way to be rid of rain barrel squigglies
I have squigglies in my rain barrels, probably they...
Seed meal for soil microorganism control
This article I about seed meal use in orchards but...
Caterpillars - removing them the humane way
I have a small organic garden plot in my backyard (which...
This article may be of interest to some here kimmq...
Organic Plant Surfactant
I'm currently trying to decide on a surfactant to use...
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™