Growing your own tea?


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Re: Growing your own tea?

Postby Chip » Mar 31st, '10, 12:18

Gimme a Yutaka Midori clone!!! :mrgreen:
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Re: Growing your own tea?

Postby nonc_ron » Jun 6th, '10, 12:20

nonc_ron wrote:Ebay
30 Tea Plant Seeds,Camellia Sinensis
$3.50

30 Tea Plant Seeds


Young Tea sprouts have been popping out of the ground for the last three days. As of this morning I have 16 Tea plants. Of course there very tender at this age. All it would take is a lazy cat to plop down on them or to dig a hole for a #2 :D
Next year I would like to turn the plants into a hedge.
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Re: Growing your own tea?

Postby nonc_ron » Jun 23rd, '10, 11:07

June 22nd and the tea sprouts have stopped popping up.
I haven't seen any new sprouts this a week.
25 out of 30 came up, which is very good. :)
The embarrassing thing is, I think it was my fault the last 5 didn't come up.
This was my first time at growing tea plants so I tried different methods.
The method I think didn't work is called scarfing (works great on thick shelled nuts) (Sanding/thinning of the shell so it will break open easier)
I did about 5 that way. :oops:
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Re: Growing your own tea?

Postby Chip » Jun 23rd, '10, 11:59

They are looking great!!! I guess you did not mark the pots that you tried scarfing the seeds?
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Re: Growing your own tea?

Postby nonc_ron » Jun 23rd, '10, 12:42

Chip wrote:They are looking great!!! I guess you did not mark the pots that you tried scarfing the seeds?


No I didn't, I should have. :roll:
I tried different methods to insure that some would come up.
My worst fear was that nothing would come up.
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Re: Growing your own tea?

Postby Chip » Jun 23rd, '10, 13:02

Well, looks like your germination rate was very good! :mrgreen:
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Re: Growing your own tea?

Postby billybarty » Jul 7th, '10, 16:17

funny I drink so much tea and have a huge garden and havent thought about growing my own until now . Where do I start looking for seeds ?
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Re: Growing your own tea?

Postby nonc_ron » Jul 7th, '10, 20:36

billybarty wrote:funny I drink so much tea and have a huge garden and havent thought about growing my own until now . Where do I start looking for seeds ?

Welcome! Nice to have you with us!
Back when I got mine, I did a search for Camellia Sinensis Seeds on Ebay.
30 Tea Plant Seeds $3.50
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Re: Growing your own tea?

Postby just mǐ » Aug 31st, '10, 03:38

Boo! I almost bought one earlier this year when I went on a plant buying binge at Territorial. At the time I had a VERY plant unfriendly apt. Now I could make it work and they are sold out. Ah well, next year.
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Re: Growing your own tea?

Postby IPT » Aug 31st, '10, 04:23

[quote="nonc_ron]
Young Tea sprouts have been popping out of the ground for the last three days. As of this morning I have 16 Tea plants. Of course there very tender at this age. All it would take is a lazy cat to plop down on them or to dig a hole for a #2 :D
Next year I would like to turn the plants into a hedge.[/quote]

They'll make an awesome hedge! Congrats on your success. I hadn't seen this post or I would have replied a long time ago.
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