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Thank you for the pictures and "journal" of your trip. I will enjoy following the adventures. Noting the trees in the gardens begs a question. With tea bushes around the trees having shade at various parts of the day are they treated differently or separated from the other pluckings for any reason? Or does it not make a difference. I believe I heard the trees give a shady place for workers to rest. Are there any other reasons for having trees among the gardens?
That’s an interesting question. Tea like all plants grows faster under the sunlight. I would in most cases the option would rest in the hands of the picker whether or not to separate out these leaves based on size of the leaf is a factor when she sells it to the producer. In China the skill of the worker is a critical factor in the production of tea. As cold as it is here in the spring, and in the morning, it is quite cool. I doubt that shading the worker was an issue as in might in in say Africa, or Assam. This particular tea that you are talking about was probably spared for it beauty. Shading is more of a motivation. Many places plant fruit trees at add in subtle difference to the tea. Planting trees is also a factor in controlling pest, and will also be less need for fertilizer if the is a rich biodiversity for the tea to grow in. A tea bush that has been in a location long enough to become a part of the local biodiversity, will develop its own defenses. Caffeine and a high concentration of tea polyphenals serves just that function.
Thanks for your question.
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