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Growing Tea In New Jersey: One Month Later

My tea seeds have officially been in the dirt for a little over a month now. Their growth has been relatively slow but one of them has sprouted up much faster than the rest. I’ve transferred it to its own pot because I want to make sure the root has room to grow. It now has two full sized leaves and a bud. This is the kind of thing that makes me do a happy dance when I check on them every morning.

Many of friends and family have been asking how long it will before I can make tea from these plants. My answer is usually about three years. Tea plants grow at a snails pace and I don’t want to harvest at all before they are ready for it. Only time will tell if they will continue to do well indoors. I was contemplating ordering more seeds or some full sized plants but I’m not sure if there will be enough room for that.

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Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.