Friday, April 21, 2006
Grow Your Own Tea Plants
Back in December I wrote about my experiment with growing a tea plant. It was not a whopping success. Nor was it even a moderate or slight success.
To recap, I attempted to grow tea plants from seed, starting them indoors in little ceramic containers. About a month later I finally gave it up and pitched everything - ungerminated seeds and dirt and, well, I kept the containers. So much for my green thumb. Though I still have a few seeds and I haven't completely given up hope yet.
What caused me to revisit all these traumatic memories was a Web site I ran across the other day - GreenTeaPlants.com. It's run by a Florida family - the Behnckes - who speculate that it might be the only tea nursery in the United States.
If you're going to dabble in growing your own tea and your thumb's anywhere near as brown as mine you might want to let the Behnckes give you a leg up on the process. Just a thought.
tea, food, food and drink, tea plants, Camellia Sinensis