Subscribe to Cigar Aficionado and receive the digital edition of our Premier issue FREE!

Email this page Print this page
Share this page

Topping Tobacco

Someone in my local cigar shop told me about cigars made with strong tobacco. How does one grow stronger tobacco?
Posted: March 10, 2014

By topping the plant—removing the flower.

A tobacco plant is driven to reproduce, so it concentrates most of its energy on making a big, beautiful flower, which contains thousands of tiny tobacco seeds. The flower grows at the very top of the plant. Tobacco farmers need some seeds, but sometimes they want to grow tobacco with a little more kick, so that means removing the flower.

Taking off the flower is known as topping. When a tobacco plant is topped, especially when it’s done very early when the flower is but a bud, the tobacco plant concentrates its efforts on the leaves, which are later rolled into cigars. More energy to the leaves means more power, and stronger tobacco.

Take a look at this video, shot in a tobacco field in Nicaragua, to better understand the process of topping.

Have a question for the Cigar Aficionado editors? Submit it here

Share |

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Log In If You're Already Registered At Cigar Aficionado Online

Forgot your password?

Not Registered Yet? Sign up–It's FREE.

FIND A RETAILER NEAR YOU

Search By:

JOIN THE CONVERSATION

    

Cigar Insider

Cigar Aficionado News Watch
A Free E-Mail Newsletter

Introducing a FREE newsletter from the editors of Cigar Aficionado!
Sign Up Today