Congressional Serial Set Volume 755

Congressional Serial Set Volume 755

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ... two or four more leaves may be saved; thus obtaining from sixteen to eighteen leaves in the place of twelve or fourteen, which is the general average. As the topping of the tobaccoplant is all-essential in order to promote the growth, and to equalize the ripening of the leaves, I would observe that this operation should, at all events, commence the instant that the bud of the plant shows a disposition to go to seed, and be immediately followed by removing the suckers, which it will now put out at every leaf; indeed, the suckers should be removed from the plant as often as they appear. The tobacco-plant ought never to be cut before it comes to full maturity, which is known by the leaves becoming mottled, coarse, and of a thick texture, and gummy to the touch, at which time the end of the leaf, by being doubled, will break short, which it will not do to the same extent when green. It ought not to be cut in wet weather, when the leaves lose their natural gummy substance, so necessary to be preserved. About this period, the cultivator is apt to be rendered anxious by the fear of allowing the plants to remain in the field longer than necessary, until experience removes these apprehensions. He should be on his guard, however, not to destroy the quality of his tobacco by cutting it too soon. When the cutting is to commence, there should be procured a quantity of forked stakes, set upright, with a pole, of rider, sitting on each fork, ready to support the tobacco and keep it from the ground. The plant is then cut obliquely even with the surface of the ground, and the person thus employed should strike the lower end of the stalk two or three times with the blunt side of his knife, so as to cause as much of the sand or soil to fall from it as...
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  • Paperback | 252 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 458g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236942752
  • 9781236942753