New tea plantation coming to upstate NY


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New tea plantation coming to upstate NY

Postby gasninja » Jun 13th, '13, 11:10

http://www.ithaca.com/arts_and_entertainment/growing-tea-in-upstate-new-york/article_531b54fe-c251-11e2-8707-0019bb2963f4.html?TNNoMobile
This is very exciting for me as I am only a little over an hour away. I hope it goes well for them
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Re: New tea plantation coming to upstate NY

Postby Senchamatcha » Jun 13th, '13, 14:00

I hope it goes well for them. Its says they should be able to produce tea next year!
And they are growing their plants from seeds, this makes me very happy, as I too am growing my own from seeds. And trying oh, so hard to be patient. :roll: But it is fun to watch my babies grow up and I will appreciate them more since I took the harder route.
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Re: New tea plantation coming to upstate NY

Postby victoria3 » Jun 13th, '13, 14:20

Very interesting for sure, especially since the climate is far from tropical, very northerly inline with Saporo, Japan. Cold.
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Re: New tea plantation coming to upstate NY

Postby Senchamatcha » Jun 13th, '13, 18:13

A few cultivars of Chinese/tawain do well in colder climates.
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Re: New tea plantation coming to upstate NY

Postby John Delaney » Jun 13th, '13, 21:59

That is a pretty nice little article that is worth a second read.

As for the tea growers, I wish them the best of luck and hope they are willing to use new technology to their advantage. It is no small thing to make tea in the US so good luck to them.
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Re: New tea plantation coming to upstate NY

Postby Poohblah » Jun 13th, '13, 22:29

Wow, growing tea bushes from seed in a temperate environment with cold winters? This sounds like quite the challenge to me. Best of luck to them. :)
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Re: New tea plantation coming to upstate NY

Postby GreenwoodStudio » Jun 13th, '13, 22:39

This is super exciting!! Ithaca is only 45 min. from me!!
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Re: New tea plantation coming to upstate NY

Postby AdamMY » Jun 13th, '13, 22:42

As the t-shirts read "Ithica is gorges" :mrgreen:
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Re: New tea plantation coming to upstate NY

Postby gingkoseto » Jun 13th, '13, 22:56

Indoor or outdoor? :o
When I lived in CNY, during winter, I spent 0.5 hour daily averagely digging out my car from the snow :mrgreen:
The coldest tea growing zones I know of are in Shanxi and Shandong with warmer regional climates than the rest of their provinces, only slightly colder than where they grow tea in South Carolina.
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Re: New tea plantation coming to upstate NY

Postby Chip » Jun 13th, '13, 23:13

Yeah, this seems astounding, amazing, unbelievable! I am going to assume they have the experience and have done their homework on the local climate.

Good luck to them! If tea can grow there, then a lot of the USA is fair game.
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Re: New tea plantation coming to upstate NY

Postby gasninja » Jun 13th, '13, 23:31

I believe there are some Korean cultivars that are fairly cold hardy. Regardless it seems like bushes would have to be pruned back and covered during the winter months.
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Re: New tea plantation coming to upstate NY

Postby Drax » Jun 14th, '13, 06:08

gasninja wrote:I believe there are some Korean cultivars that are fairly cold hardy. Regardless it seems like bushes would have to be pruned back and covered during the winter months.


Having lived in Ithaca for 7 years, "winter months" means from October to May. :lol:

Jokes aside, I hope it turns out well for them!
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Re: New tea plantation coming to upstate NY

Postby tenuki » Jun 14th, '13, 14:04

Where there is a will there is a way. Saw this new wine region in northern china in the seattle film festival's screening of 'Red Obsession' ( great movie btw if you are interested in wine and china ).

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18214484

Who's organizing the teachat field trip to this NY tea farm? Who's taking the pictures? :D
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Re: New tea plantation coming to upstate NY

Postby gasninja » Jun 15th, '13, 09:26

I'm going up in September when they open. The tea plantation is actually in waterloo which is about 45 min north of Ithaca. I am hoping they will need help in the picking season next year.
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