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Tobacco College: Geography & Climate

 
RAIN

Excessive water is one of the greatest dangers to tobacco. Too much water can drown the plant and wash away the soil’s nutrients.

Pinar del Rio is the provincial home of the Vuelta Abajo region [the world’s most renown cigar growing area]. Pinar del Rio is also one of Cuba’s wettest regions with 65 inches of rainfall a year. Amazingly, only 2 inches of rain falls per month during the tobacco growing season!

SOIL

Rich, open-grained, deep soil that is well supplied with organic matter and abundant humidity is the ideal soil for cigar leaf production.


  • Cuban soil is fine, sandy, loam type soil that is reddish brown in color. Cuban soil is characterized as Volcanic (created through turbulent, volcanic processes).

  • Connecticut soil is characterized as Glacial (a lighter soil placed in its location by glacial drift during the ice ages).

  • Other soil elements that effect our cigars are:

    • NITROGEN: increases nicotine content, plant yield, leaf width, weight per unit leaf area, decreasing leaf thickness, and increasing leaf luster.

    • POTASSIUM: important relationship to leaf burn rate.

    • MAGNESIUM: too much will cause an ash to be flakey and brittle.

    Simply stated: Richer Soil Yields Denser/Heavier Tobacco







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