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Camelia sinensis
    #1150344 - 12/17/02 11:28 PM (13 years, 11 months ago)

Hi :smile:
I have a little tea plant and I'd like to have some informations about the cultivation.
Thank you everybody.
king 


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Re: Camelia sinensis [Re: king]
    #1152396 - 12/18/02 04:56 PM (13 years, 11 months ago)

I've always wanted to grow a tea bush/tree.

Your plant likes tropical to sub-tropical conditions, so relative humidity between 60% - 90% is enough to sustain it. It likes well drained soil though with nutrients, so you want a good mix of sand and rich soil. That way it gets the best of both worlds, drainage and nutrients.

Do you plan on harvesting your plant for tea? If so here are some suggestions:

The quality of the tea produced depends on the seasons in which it's picked. Green Tea, Oolong Teas and Black Teas (like Pekoe) are all from the same plant, the difference is the season in which they're harvest. This applies however only if you're growing outside. Otherwise you're going to probably get some sort harvest that has a quality between oolong and black if you're growing indoors and keeping a constant environment.

Much more goes into quality of the harvest. How the leaves are harvest and how they're treated also makes a difference.

If you have the right climate and can grow outside:

Spring harvest: offers the most tender and choice leaves

Fall and summer: produce a lesser quality harvest but more abundant leaves and shoots.

Harvesting: The younger the tea leaves are the more tender and the higher their quality. It's best to pick the bud and the first two leaves after it. If you pick larger tougher and maturer leaves then the quality of the tea you will make will diminish.

Maintenance: Regular Regular Pruning and cutting back about every 2.5 - 3.5 years is good for it, as it allows your plant to "bush" more and encourages new shoot growth. Suggested height for a tea tree is about one meter but if you're growing indoors it's up to you. Mainly that suggested size is for ease of harvesting.

Proccessing your leaves : I don't really know anything about that it's a long process and involves many steps depending on what you want to make, Black Pekoe (fermented leaf), Oolong (semi fermented leaf), and Green Tea (non fermented leaf).

Trivial Info : Pekoe is Cantonese for "hair" because on the bud of the tea tree are small hairs.

edit: bah, the bud of the tea tree have small hairs on them. that makes more sense.


Edited by neuro (12/18/02 04:57 PM)


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Re: Camelia sinensis [Re: neuro]
    #1153167 - 12/18/02 10:27 PM (13 years, 11 months ago)

Thank you :wink: 


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Re: Camelia sinensis [Re: neuro]
    #1155554 - 12/19/02 04:39 PM (13 years, 11 months ago)

bravo !!! i love tea too...
i took back some seeds from japan, but it didn't germinated  :frown:
i know it must be quickly put in germination after harvest...
anyway thanks for the info !!! :smirk:


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