Re: [gardeners] nicotiana

George Shirley (
Thu, 10 Jun 1999 11:14:05 -0500 wrote:

> In a message dated 6/9/99 10:07:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
> writes:
> > I had to laugh at your story on the purple scat. Back to the nicotiana I
> have
> >
> >  never grown this but did you possibly get the hybrid seeds? I think the
> > smell
> >  has been bred out of them if so. And I think they really release their
> sent
> >  at night. If you already knew all of this just disregard and act like I
> >  didn't post.<grin>
> I am not sure about the nicotiania.  I planted some a few years ago at
> another house and they smelled wonderful.  The seeds came from a local
> discount store so were nothing special.  Last year I got my seeds from
> Thompson & Morgan and they had no scent.  I did get the appleblossom colored
> ones, so the scent may have been lost to get the color.  This time I got the
> seeds from a local nursery, in plain white, I don't remember the exact
> company that packaged them.  The seedlings all germinated within a few days
> and I have already gone out and thinned them out a bit.  I added a little
> cinnamon to the soil to keep the fungus that is forming from killing those
> little plants.  Wish me luck.
> Anne in FL
> zone 9b    Where nicotiania may be winter flowers...

Anne, we live in Zone 9b SW LA and nicotiania are definitely early summer
flowers here. Ours are growing and blooming right now. They bloom at twilight
and all night and smell the strongest, at least to me, right at daylight.