As the second most popular beverage in the world (or so it is said) it stands to reason that tea is grown in massive quantities. There are a number of tea-producing nations and regions all around the world but the most significant of these, at least in terms of the quantities produced, are India, China and various regions in Africa.
At the far other extreme of the scale is tea production (though in this case the term might be a bit of an overstatement) on the most modest scale – growing your own tea. That’s right – given the right conditions nearly anyone can grow tea plants. Of course, if you’re planning to grow enough of it to supply your own tea drinking needs you should be aware that it will take a considerable amount of time and effort to do so.
If you’re more in the mood for fooling around with growing tea plants for the fun of it or so that you can have a few nice looking plants, you’re not alone. For some more thoughts on this issue and a few photos, check out this lengthy thread from the TeaChat forum. For even more perspective on growing your own tea plants check out this post at the T Ching blog by T Ching’s founder and resident tea plant hobbyist, Michelle Rabin.
Of course, if you’re going to grow your own tea plants, you’re going to need one of two things, tea seeds or – if you want to get a head start on the process – tea plant seedlings. Either way you’re in luck. Here are a few suppliers who can help you out with one item or the other. If you’re in the market for Camellia sinensis (tea plants) be sure to check out Camellia Forest Nursery, Green Tea Plants, Territorial Seed Company and Raintree Nursery, just for starters.
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