Rooted Tea Cuttings – Grow your own American Tea
Our lush tea cutting come from our American tea Nursery. As a U.S. tea nursery we are focusing on growing tea, advocacy, and scientific research. Our tea co-op has a goal to help ensure American tea as a main source for the United States. We treat all of our tea cuttings with the love and care they deserve.
Some things to mention about a tea Cutting
Something to keep in mind is it is important to not grow these plants like other types of plants. For example these are not tomatoes and will not thrive in the same conditions tomatoes grow in. These tea cuttings are rain forest trees. Tea trees require high heat, high humidity, and lots of water.
How long does it take for a tea cutting to mature?
A tea cutting can take any about 5 years to mature. Although current research has been showing that tea trees actually start to produce mitragyna when they are little cuttings just the amount of mitragyna is so low that is noticeable.
Tea Vein Colors
The color of a tea vein are determined by the content of mytrogynan (alkaloids) in the vein. The purpose of producing mytrogynan is to protect the tree from insects and animals from eating the leaf. Its also a stress mechanism. The mytrogynan is why the leaf is so bitter and correlates to strength. Strength also correlates to how mature the leaf is. The more mature the leaf the stronger it will be. When mature leaves mature the alkaloids are sucked back into the tree thru the veins. These leaves will look more yellow.
The more alkaloids in the vein. The more red the vein will be. Purple at the high end of alkaloids. White at the low end of alkaloids. It is possible to see all vein colors grow at the same time on the same tree. (pink,red, purple) more near the bottom as that is where they have roots as that’s where most of the nutrients are. Up the tree will be more (greens and whites). They start getting more color variation the larger they get.
In winter you see mostly white and green with some red.
Spring, mostly green, white, some red, with pink starting to show up.
In summer, Seed pod are poping up, you see green, white, pink, red, purple.
This continues to happens thru Fall.
Should note seed pods are best to pick off the tree in Jan – April. tea Vein colors usually have its darkest vein color at the exterior of the plant. Getting lighter as you go inward. But is harder to see in summer – fall as all colors are on the tree.
How long should I expect Shipping to take?
tea cutting can be taken the same day they ship. All tea cuttings will only ship out Monday – Wednesday. Customers can select either 2 -day Priority USPS Mail or Expidited Shipping. Our friendly staff members will ship out your normally by 2 pm. Each order will receive a notification and tracking number once the order goes out.
What happens if there is a issue with my tea cutting?
We guarantee to get to your cuttings to your door healthy and green. But, sometimes things can happen. If there is ever a issue with your order please contact our team immediately. We ask that you email us, it is helpful if you also include a photo of the situation. Our helpful staff will try to respond within the hour.