Rare Tobacco Seeds from New Hope Seeds

Flowering Tobacco Seed Varieties

Welcome to our Flowering Tobacco Seed section. 

As of the 2017 season I will no longer be directly fulfilling tobacco seed orders, you can still purchase all my seeds through an exclusive arrangement with our friends at the Victory Seed Company click here for the full story. I do still offer plants click here for my Tobacco Plants

Nicotiana sylvestris Tobacco Seeds

Nicotiana sylvestris Tobacco Seeds

Also known as 'Ornamental' tobacco, 'Woodland' tobacco and 'South American' tobacco.

Red Russian Tobacco Seeds

Red Russian Tobacco Seeds

Red Russian is one of the more unusual types of tobacco we have collected and grown, it was originally collected in 1939 by the USDA.

Our history in growing tobacco

Our earliest ancestors who settled in Virginia about 1630 and later moved to North Carolina in the early 1700’s were believed to have grown tobacco.

In 1804 our ancestors moved to Tennessee and settled a few miles from our present day farm location and purchased many acres of land and so began our family’s history of tobacco growing in Tennessee.

Our family’s heritage of growing tobacco as a cash crop continued until 2002 when after 150+ years and many, many generations of tobacco farmers it all came to an end. After raising tobacco for over 38 years myself, I was the last one in the family to grow tobacco for farm income. It was a heart wrenching decision to make but with the politics and the never ending obstacles in producing a tobacco crop in the 21st century I felt it was the only practical option. I still grow a little for the pure enjoyment of 'working' the crop. It is in my blood and my earliest memories are of being in the “tobacco patch”.

With the loss of tobacco as a cash crop for farm income and with my years of working at preserving heirloom and old open-pollinated varieties my interests naturally lead me towards preserving the rare tobacco seed varieties of long ago. I can remember my grandfather talking of some of these old varieties. So I began to search out and hopefully locate some of the old varieties and grow out to see if they matched the original historical documentation and if so, place them back into growers hands to insure their continued preservation.

The Heirloom Tobacco Seed and Plant section of our site is intended for historical and informational purposes and for those who have a desire for the preservation of historical plant varieties.

All thinking adults should know by now that some compounds in tobacco are known to cause various forms of cancer as well as other potential medical problems. We, in no way, encourage or promote people to use tobacco in any form.