How to grow a tobacco plant at home in Queensland, where you can buy a plant in bulk for $100.
Read more: Cobalt Coast residents are looking to save up for their first tobacco plant.
“We’re going to need a lot of money to get started,” resident Joanna Keesing said.
“I think if you were to do it in Perth, you’d be looking at $60,000.”
Tobacco plants are usually grown on private land but can be planted on public lands, as long as they have been declared a wildlife habitat.
Keesing has a couple of options for her first tobacco plants.
“One is to grow it in a bush, that’s the easiest way to do,” she said.
But she’s not going to do that.
“It’s going to be a bit difficult, it’s going the wrong way and it’s a bit tricky,” she admitted.
“If you want to grow something, you can’t grow it right on the edge of the forest, you need to go over the edge and have the right density of trees and you have to be able to find the right site.”
You can’t do that with a grassy field.
And then we can grow the tobacco ourselves, that way we can use that for the rest of the year.” “
I’ve got a greenhouse in the backyard and we can set up a grow tent and put the plants in there,” she explained.
“And then we can grow the tobacco ourselves, that way we can use that for the rest of the year.”
Tobacconists are selling online for up to $100 each.
Keeings first tobacco was picked for her children, aged 11 and 11-year-old.
“They are getting more interested in tobacco,” she laughed.
“My son was really interested, he was like, ‘I want to smoke it, Dad’,” she said with a smile.
“He said, ‘Oh my God, that smells amazing’.”
“And they said, oh my God!”
Keeses is also looking for people who can help her put up her first tree.
“To help us with that, I’ve set up some social media accounts on Facebook,” she added.
“People can share pictures of their trees and say how much they want to pay for it.”
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