Image from page 143 of "Bulletin : report of Agricultural Experiment Station, Agricultural and Mechanical College, Auburn, Ala" ([1888-1903])
Title: Bulletin : report of Agricultural Experiment Station, Agricultural and Mechanical College, Auburn, Ala
Subjects: Agriculture -- Alabama
Publisher: Auburn, Ala. : The Station
Contributing Library: New York Botanical Garden, LuEsther T. Mertz Library
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138 Topping.—Topping is simply breaking off tlie bud at the top of the stalk, as represented by figure 8,
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Figure 8. to prevent the plant running up to flower and seed. By this means the best growth of the leaves is secured, and they at once develop to the largest possible size; will ripen sooner, while the quality is much better. There are various methods of topping, as well as different periods. Some planters top as soon as the capsules appear, while others wait until the plants are in full blossom. If topped before the plants have come into blossom, it should be done as soon as possible, as a longer time will be required for the leaves to grow and ripen than when topping is de- layed until the plants are in bloom. Top the plants at a regular height, leaving from nine to twelve leaves, so that the field will look even and also make the number of leaves to a plant uniform. The above method of topping refers more especially to cigar rather than cutting leaf. Those varieties of tobacco suited for cutting leaf should be topped as soon as the flower bud appears; top low, thereby throwing the strength of the stalk into a few leaves, making them
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