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The great thea bohea experiment Growing tea plants from seed

#1 User is offline   SalmanTropical 

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 09:12 PM

Firstly thea bohea is the outdated name for camellia sinensis the tea plant.
Now all tea can be made from camellia sinensis but there are two varieties of camellia sinensis.
From only these two varieties is tea made.

They are:
Camellia sinensis sinensis
Camellia sinensis assamica

Sinensis is used to make green tea and light oolongs as well as white tips tea.
Assamica is used to make black tea and dark oolongs and also white tea.
So assamica is basically the darker variety.

Now I have about four hundred seeds of both types.
Half assam and half sinensis.
I am now in the process of germinating them!!
Today they have started cracking( this is part of germinating them).
I hope to plant them tomorrow.
Will update when they grow.

And yes tea can grow in SG.
In Sri Lanka tea plantations can be found along the coast and the weather is just as warm as SG and it rains as much too.
I am the first to grow tea in singapore I think.
This is so exciting :)/>

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 09:22 PM

Can I buy some seeds from you?
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Posted 31 December 2013 - 09:38 PM

I will grow the seeds and them hopefully sell cuttings from my plants.
Hopefully in six months time people can buy tea plants from me.
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Posted 31 December 2013 - 09:42 PM

Also if you are not well experienced I recommend that you do not buy tea seeds as they have to be super fresh and moist.
Unscrupulous seed sellers will sell to you dry dead seeds.
If you want to buy seeds buy them from seedsvendor or simbalovesfriends on ebay and tell them you want fresh seeds and tell them to send the seeds with moist cotton wool.
You can refer to

http://www.ctahr.haw.../pdf/scm-17.pdf

For growing the seeds
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Posted 31 December 2013 - 09:43 PM

Yea I would love too please contact me when you are able to sell them to me :D/>
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Posted 31 December 2013 - 09:44 PM

Please message me.
But wait. I am still trying to germinate seeds.
So no promises yet :)/>

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 09:45 PM

Or maybe I can buy three germinated seeds from you please?
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Posted 07 June 2014 - 09:02 PM

View PostSalmanTropical, on 31 December 2013 - 09:42 PM, said:

Also if you are not well experienced I recommend that you do not buy tea seeds as they have to be super fresh and moist.
Unscrupulous seed sellers will sell to you dry dead seeds.
If you want to buy seeds buy them from seedsvendor or simbalovesfriends on ebay and tell them you want fresh seeds and tell them to send the seeds with moist cotton wool.
You can refer to

http://www.ctahr.haw.../pdf/scm-17.pdf

For growing the seeds


Hi:) I found simbalovesfriends but not seedsvendor on ebay. May I know his new username?
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Posted 16 June 2014 - 12:57 PM

Hello,
Simbalovesfriends is his ebay website but tea seeds come in season and this is usually end of year, October and November.
As for my tea plants, they a growing and it is quite hard to grow them but I still am giving them a lot of care.
Hopefully I will soon get a tea bush.
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Posted 16 June 2014 - 01:53 PM

View PostSalmanTropical, on 16 June 2014 - 12:57 PM, said:

Hello,
Simbalovesfriends is his ebay website but tea seeds come in season and this is usually end of year, October and November.
As for my tea plants, they a growing and it is quite hard to grow them but I still am giving them a lot of care.
Hopefully I will soon get a tea bush.


Can you show us a photo your tea seedlings?
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Posted 16 June 2014 - 04:46 PM

I would like to but I don't have a photo-bucket account.
I can email photos to you.
My tea plants are slowly growing and with TLC hopefully they will survive.
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Posted 31 July 2014 - 08:51 PM

View PostSalmanTropical, on 31 December 2013 - 09:38 PM, said:

I will grow the seeds and them hopefully sell cuttings from my plants.
Hopefully in six months time people can buy tea plants from me.

Hi, any tea plant for sale?
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Posted 02 September 2014 - 02:33 PM

Thanks for sharing! Would love to see how your tea bushes are doing! :)/>
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Posted 02 September 2014 - 11:02 PM

No, sadly no tea plants but you can get seeds from seeds vendor.
My tea plants are surviving and growing slowly.
Will share some pictures soon.

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Posted 12 May 2015 - 08:28 PM

Hi everyone
Almost I.5 years later my tea plants are still alive!
They have grown very slowly but are slowly growing more and more.
Will take a few more years for them to become a bush and then from a bush, I can start harvesting my own tea!

And Furret, I dont mind sharing my tea plants but pls wait.
They are still too small.


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Posted 12 May 2015 - 09:11 PM

View PostSalmanTropical, on 12 May 2015 - 08:28 PM, said:

Hi everyone
Almost I.5 years later my tea plants are still alive!
They have grown very slowly but are slowly growing more and more.
Will take a few more years for them to become a bush and then from a bush, I can start harvesting my own tea!

And Furret, I dont mind sharing my tea plants but pls wait.
They are still too small.


Salman

Woah you remeber me... I asked you that last year O.O
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Posted 13 May 2015 - 04:57 PM

Yes I do.
Please be patient.
I can share them once bigger.


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Posted 13 May 2015 - 05:05 PM

View PostSalmanTropical, on 13 May 2015 - 04:57 PM, said:

Yes I do.
Please be patient.
I can share them once bigger.


Salman


Have you tried making tea drink yet?
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Posted 13 May 2015 - 11:46 PM

I know how to but the plants are still too small.
The dried dropped leaves all smell like black tea!

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