For growers who choose to produce their own transplants there are three general systems to consider:

  • plug and transfer in unheated outdoor float beds
  • direct seeding in unheated outdoor float beds
  • direct seeding in heated greenhouses

Regardless of the source of your transplants, the US Tobacco GAP Program requires complete records.

If you decide to grow your own transplants, there are many things to consider, including the following:

  • Tray Selection
  • Tray Height and Cell Number
  • Tray Sanitation and Care
  • Water Quality
  • Media Selection, Tray Filling and Seeding
  • Fertilizer Selection and Use
  • Climate Control and Temperature Management
  • Clipping
  • Pest Control
  • Disease Management

"Management of Tobacco Float Systems", a section of the Burley and Dark Tobacco Production Guide provides more details.