Greenhouse culture has become the standard for transplant production with tobacco producers in Virginia. The use of greenhouse grown transplants is advantageous for numerous reasons. Labor required for transplant production and for transplanting is dramatically reduced compared to the use of bare root transplants. Crop growth in the field tends to be much more uniform resulting in easier cultivation and fewer trips through the field when topping. The resulting tobacco crops tend to grow-off and come into top more uniformly which will often carry over into maturation and ripening of the leaves.
Sanitation, ventilation and air circulation, temperature control, media and tray filling, fertilization, water quality, and clipping are important greenhouse management practices.