It is satisfying to brew and drink your cup of tea, but isn’t it more rewarding if you could actually grow and make tea from your garden?
Growing your own tea will take a little bit of time before you could harvest your tea plants and brew. But, the waiting process will make it more special than those instant tea bags in your local markets.
Will it take up a big space? Don’t worry, you don’t have to take up all the space in your yard, small garden pots will make it up for you.
Before we spill the tea, let us take a peek on the basics of tea.
Green tea is the most common among the four types of tea, including oolong, black and white tea. All of these came from assamica and Camellia Sinensis, which most of the types of tea came from. The only difference between these four kinds of tea is the process of how it is made into a cup of tea.
Now, here’s the tea.
The planting process does not just start with digging up the soil and spreading the seeds on it. It will start with the preparation of the seeds, which is called germination. The germination process is the process of letting the plant sprout from the seed.
However, before germination, the seeds should undergo first on the pre-germination process. In pre-germination, the seeds are soaked in the water for 24 to 48 hours. Then, dried it up and place 2-3 seeds in a container filled with damp soil and exposed it under the sun. You have to make sure that the soil is always moist by watering it for 6 up to 8 weeks.
After several weeks, check if most of the seeds have sprouted with at least 3 to 4 leaves before you can transfer it to a pot. Place the plant pots in a shaded and warm area and keep on watering them regularly to keep the soil moist. You don't want your plants to wither, don't you?
Once the plant achieves its full growth of 6 inches in diameter, you can transfer it to another larger pot or a field. Don’t forget to water it regularly but keep in mind that you should just give it enough water. Do it for the next three years, and you’ll have a ready to harvest tea at your backyards.
While waiting for three years, you can continue brewing tea from the tea bags, we won't tell your tea plants, promise.
It seems so easy, right? But it takes a lot of courage, patience, and passion for making a delicious cup of tea. It’s not hard, but it needs hard work. So, ask yourself first if you’re ready to commit to planting your own homegrown tea before indulging with the idea. It's like entering into a relationship, think twice or more if you are ready to commit and take responsibility.