A recent news article in the Telegraph piqued our interest.
It’s exciting to read that exports of British tea are on the increase, which can only be great news for our tea industry here in the UK. It seems our fantastic UK growers are producing some amazing teas which are in high demand worldwide - the US, China, Singapore and Japan in particular.
So how practical is it for us to grow tea in our own back garden?
The Camellia Sinensis plant is the tea producing bush. Tea is made from the harvested dried, processed leaves and buds. The tender evergreen plants flourish in deep, rich soils, even temperatures, high humidity and with at least 1.3m of rain a year. Winter 2015 / 2016 was extremely mild here in the UK, fantastic for tea growing.
Now is a great time to purchase tea plants, we might try growing tea this year, watch this space …….