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« on: Mar 17, 2011, 14:12 »
There is an advert in the latest Time Magazine out today about specialised tea travel holidays to Thailand with trips to various local tea producers and fields included. Bit like a specialised golf or whiskey holiday, I guess. But the very nice pictures in the advert with wonderful people picking the leaves it made me think a bit, is it possible to grow tea bushes in our part of the world, too ? I wouldn't mind having a lil' bush to pick at on my tiny balcony or at mam's allotment and have a go at making my very own cuppa. Would that be possible you reckon or don't we have the climate for it ? I don't know anything about growing tea but I quite like the thought of it.

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Re: Tea
« Reply #2 on: Mar 17, 2011, 14:29 »
Thanks.

From that it doesn't seem likely tea can be grown successfully here. But maybe I can find a more robust type of plant and then just bring it indoors during Winter ? I do like the bit, though, where it says it can be plucked every seven-fourteen days.

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Re: Tea
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Re: Tea
« Reply #4 on: Mar 17, 2011, 15:32 »
Thanks.

I haven't been able to find a black tea plant that seems to be able to grow successfully here but I found something called Monarda Hybrid ('Cambridge Scarlet'). The leaves and flowers are said to have a taste similar to Earl Grey Tea and can be used both fresh and dried. It's not quite what I am looking for but it may do the trick for now. And it's not a bad looking lil' plant either, would look rather nice on my tiny balcony. Blooms from June to September, likes direct sunlight as well as partly shade and grows perfectly in a pot, too. Grows to sixty centimetres tall, which is pretty much ideal. I think I just might give that one a go.



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