Tea – picking is a skilful job

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The tea shrub continues to be productive for about 50 years, after which restocking is necessary.

Tea is cultivated in two ways

Tea plant requires well – drained, deep friable loams or forest land rich in organic matter. The soil should be gently rolled so as to prevent water logging. Some of the finest plantations in Assam are found on level ground, 17 to 135 meters above sea level. The soil must be deep and have a moderately open texture.
Tea is cultivated in two ways – 1) from seeds, and 2) from cuttings
The pruning of the bush starts after two years in order to maintain the height and diameter of the plant limited to one metre. In India picking is much more frequent. At lower elevations tea is picked every ten days during the growing season and at higher altitudes, every fifteen days. Picking goes on all the time during the south – west monsoon season from early April to mind – November. On an average there are between sixteen and twenty pickings a year. Frequent pruning encouraged the rapid production of fresh leaves and shoots.
The tea shrub continues to be productive for about 50 years, after which restocking is necessary.
Tea – picking is a skilful job, requiring patience and judgement. It is usually done by women who are better pickers and can be employed at relatively cheaper rates. Two tender leaves and a bud or shoot are usually plucked from each stem.
There are four types of tea. Each one is processed differently.
A) black tea - a) withering. by) rolling. c) fermentation. d) drying. e) blending
B) green tea
C) Oolong tea
D) brick tea


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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
12th Aug 2015 (#)

Tea plantation laborers are the most deprived of all. But you can't have a cheap tea without them ! Dilemma we need to settle..

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
12th Aug 2015 (#)

Thanks for sharing such a great article. We love tea.

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