tea cutting showing roots
tray of tea cuttings in oasis cubes, started from the plants in our own tea field
Experimental mulching: white ginger stalks placed around young tea plants.
Experimental mulching: macnut husks laid as a path between rows of tea plants, on top of a lattice of ginger branches.
Newly potted tea cuttings, Yutaka Midori
Tree roots found in tea field
Yellowing leaves in greenhouse
Detail of the tea field at Kealanani, Kauai.
The tea field at Kealanani, Kauai, which i'm guessing is an experiment or showcase, of the tea they might plant on these lots someday. In the picture here, the terrain looks flat and low, but it's actually gently sloped and quite a drive uphill from the ocean.
Tea cuttings in Oasis root cubes, around 50% still alive
Some of the tea cuttings which failed to produce roots
tea cuttings which did not root in the cubes, but i've put them into small pots anyway
Buckets of tea branches from our field
The shade structure
Inside the shade structure
The tea cuttings in media, ready to go into the shade structure
The tea cuttings inside the shade structure
View of the tea from outside the shade structure
Closeup of the tea cuttings, it is actually darker inside than it looks in this picture.
The misting nozzle
Misting the tea by hand
54 tea cuttings somewhat alive, after 3 months
Out of 25 cuttings on this tray, the 7 on the left have some hint of roots, 2 on the right have stunted rootballs, and the rest of the tray never rooted at all.
The few cuttings with some sign of roots, potted up.