Blooms and Topping
When the tobacco plant begins to mature a large bloom will form in the bud. Each bloom has several pink and white trumpet shaped flowers on it. They might be pretty but the bloom is not left on the plant long. In fact, the blooms are broken out and the tobacco is sprayed with a growth retardant spray that causes the leaves to turn a golden color and stops unwanted suckers from growing between each leaf. The tip leaves will grow broad and thick. Below you can see a plant just before the bud blooms as well as a few colorful blooms after they emerge. The last two photos show how the tobacco appears after the bloom is removed. .