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Kew Pollination Collection Nicotiana alata


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Summer blooms rise on slender stems perfuming the evening air with a sweet fragrance. Hence why Nicotiana alata is often called Jasmine tobacco.
Nicotiana alata is a tall annual plant with dense, weed-smothering foliage when planted en masse. It copes well with sun or light shade. A lovely choice for cottage gardens, wildlife areas and informal bedding. Jasmine tobacco is also happy in patio pots placed next to entrances or seating areas where the heady fragrance can be appreciated.
  • Sow February to April
  • Height: 90cm. Spread: 45cm
  • 1 packet contains approximately 2000 seeds

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Sow Nicotiana from February to April on the surface of good, peat-free seed compost and gently firm down. The seeds are as fine as dust so it's a good idea to mix them with a little sand before sowing. This will help to keep track of where they are and also avoid overcrowding. Do not cover the seed. Place the seed tray in a propagator at a temperature of 20-25C or seal it inside a polythene bag. Keep the soil damp but not wet. Do not exclude light as this aids germination. This usually takes 14-21 days. 

When seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant into 7.5cm pots and grow them on in cooler conditions until large enough to plant outdoors. When verbena plants are well grown and all risk of frost has passed, acclimatise them to outdoor conditions over 7 to 10 days. Transplant outdoors in full sun or semi-shade on moist, fertile, well-drained soil at a distance of 30cm apart.

Feed and water nicotiana plants regularly throughout the growing season. 


A great many of our favourite garden plants can be harmful if eaten or handled without gloves. This is rarely a cause for concern but it's always good to know what you are dealing with.

All parts of Nicotiana alata are harmful if eaten. Contact with the foliage of tobacco plants may irritate the skin and eyes. Wear gloves to be on the safe side.

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Thompson & Morgan

With over 160 years of experience, seed merchants Thompson & Morgan know a thing or two about plants and flowers. They are often the first to introduce gardeners to exciting new varieties.

The Kew Pollinators range of seeds has been specially created alongside experts at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to attract and support a wide range of pollinators, including bees, butterflies and beetles. Helping these pollinators to thrive is hugely important for our natural eco-systems as well as the health and productivity of our gardens. The seeds, in their striking packaging inspired by artwork from the Kew archives, will help to create an environment where pollinators thrive, with varieties chosen to help a wide range of different insects.

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