churng wrote:I agree that if you can get close enough to the recommended environment you can reproduce the same good results. I guess some regions are easier to mimic then others.
I hear it takes at least 3 years, and 5 is recommended before the plant is ready for you to make tea out of the leaves though. Prob why I have not bothered planting anything since I don't know if I will even be here in a couple years.
A 3+ years wait is a pretty big barrier to entry. But if one is a tea aficionado and out for quality what could beat one's own greenhouse.
It appears the plants can live from 50-100 years so given a 3-5 year wait an adult could harvest from it for the rest of their entire life. I'll have to give this idea some more thought.
churng wrote:I think maybe people are underestimating the hardiness of a tea plant?