Use tea plant as hedge

13 Jul

Experimental tea farm of Huazhong Agricultural University

When we visited the experimental tea farm of Huazhong Agricultural University in Wuhan, the capitol of Hubei Province, a thought came into my mind—–why can’t we use tea plants in the landscape as hedge plants? They are almost perfect for that, and grown for thousands of years in hedges with nice ‘hedge’ shape and pruning tolerant (at least to the ‘tea picking’). Wouldn’t it be nice to pick your own tea from your front/back yard?

My research indicated that the only tea farm in the continental US was in South Carolina. And then there’s Hawaii. So wanna be the first and only tea hedge plant liner provider or user?

So how to make tea? First, you gotta pick the tea leaves.

One of our USDA ISE group members put on a bamboo container at her waist and started practicing picking tea leaves.

Did you know that there are 6 major tea categories in China—–green, black, oolong, yellow, white and green black/brick tea? What’s more interesting is that different tea could be made from the leaves from the same plant provided that you pick different size and then process them differently.

Making green uses only the tenderest tip and the size goes up for black, yellow&white, oolong and green white tea, also called brick tea. (Did you know that?)

For instance, this machine is used for making black and oolong tea. Oops, gotta go. It’s time for the tea ceremony.

Machine for making black and oolong tea at Huazhong Agricultural University


One Response to “Use tea plant as hedge”

  1. Anastácia July 14, 2012 at 4:37 pm #

    thanks for the article.

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