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Thursday, February 26, 2009

How To Grow Your Own Green Tea Plant


Green tea is known throughout the world for its health benefits. Some evidence suggests green tea (regular drinking) lowers the chances of heart disease, prevents the development of certain types of cancer, and has been claimed useful for losing weight.

The green tea plant, scientifically known as Camellia sinensis, is the species of plant whose leaves and leaf buds are used to produce green tea. Growing a green tea plant is no different from growing any other kind of tea plant, or, any other plant for that matter. Below is an easy-to-follow guide on how to plant and grow green tea on your own.

  1. Buy or get some cuttings of green tea plant from your local greenhouse.
  2. Plant your cuttings in sandy soil. Water frequently and add occasional fertilizer.
  3. Place mulch around your plant to reduce weeds and maintain soil moisture.
  4. Ready to harvest? Harvest only the youngest tea leaves and buds by plucking the terminal three leaves along with the terminal bud.
  5. Allow the plucked green tea leaves to dry away from direct contact with the sun for several hours.
  6. Once the leaves are dry, steam the leaves in a pan on the stove to a temperature of 500 degrees Fahrenheit for 14 minutes. Move the pan continuously to keep the leaves from burning.
  7. To dry the leaves, place them in an oven at a temperature of around 225 degrees Fahrenheit for ten minutes.
  8. Store the green tea leaves in a cool, dark place until you're ready to use them.
  9. Brew and drink as any other tea.

Notes

If you follow the steps above and grow green tea from cuttings, it can take up to three years to get a viable green tea plant for harvesting. If you want to grow green tea from seeds, it will take longer (longer than 3 years) to get a viable plant to harvest.Read more about green tea here

Source : ArticleBase Josh Burnstein

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