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Priming Proper

I was in my local tobacconist when I overheard some authoritative sounding smokers talking about how the wrappers on the cigars they enjoyed were strong, and therefore must be from the "upper primings of the plant." What were they talking about?
Posted: December 16, 2013

Primings are the rows of leaves on a tobacco plant.

Leaves grow in concentric circles in groups of three up the plant. The number of primings on a plant varies, but six is average. The leaves of the first priming are those closest to the ground, and the sixth is near the top of the leaf, just below the "topped" portion, which is not used for cigar production.

The higher the priming, the greater the exposure to the sun, the longer it stays on the plant and the stronger the tobacco.

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