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Tea Plantation

31 March 2010 13:37:31
Camellia sinensis (tea)

Camellia sinensis (tea)

I thought I would just give you an update on how my proposed tea plantation is progressing : )

Hubby decided he wanted to grow tea this year, although it will not be harvest-able year one and probably has to be over-wintered indoors.

Anyway, we got and sowed the seeds on 16th January. They did take a long time to germinate and then seemed to grow ever so slowly. I think we have about 7 plants out of 10 seeds so far, the one in the photo being the most advanced.

So, just another three years to the Tea Plantation : )

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Jacinta D Jacinta D 31 March 2010 13:44:36

Looks brilliant, Rachel. Will be very interesting to hear progress reports on this one.

chilipepper chilipepper 31 March 2010 13:53:23

Very interesting Rachel! will be keeping an eye on the "Tea journals"

Myrtle Myrtle 31 March 2010 14:05:55

I heard about groing tea on GQT one Sunday. I think you may be disappointed in the amounts of cups of tea you get! Seemingly you need a lot of plants! But a good experiment.

Brian-M Brian-M 31 March 2010 14:45:38

Never thought of growing tea... will they ever be hardy enough to overwinter outside or will they require the greenhouse for the winter..

PCON PCON 31 March 2010 15:11:29

Looking forward to a cuppa in 2013, if I live that long, Rachel. I think I'll stick to the flowering Camellias.

Lìga Lìga 31 March 2010 15:27:58

Tea,and beautifulful flowers from same plant,,,it is very nice and useful shrub:))

Rachel Rachel 31 March 2010 16:29:38

The tea growing is an experiment for fun, folks. We know that tea is made from only the top three leaves on the plant. In India these top leaves re-grow a few times in a season. Who knows how it will go here. I drink so much tea that it would be impossible to grow our own but if we could get a few cups of the nice stuff then that would be great.

Gismo1981 Gismo1981 31 March 2010 16:32:33

That sounds like a really cool idea, I have never heard of anyone trying it before. I would be more into coca plants and making my own chocolate :O)

shazzsamsudin shazzsamsudin 31 March 2010 19:04:42

Oh wow, interesting. 

Rachel Rachel 31 March 2010 21:17:06

Not long to go now, Gismo, and you can eat all the chocolate you want : )

Thanks, Shaz.


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