How we process our unrooted tea Cuttings
Our lush tea cuttings come from our organic American Nursery. As a United States based Tea nursery we are focusing on growing tea and advocacy. Our tea co-op has a goal to help ensure American tea as a main source for the United States. Each of our trees branches are pruned almost daily by our friendly staff. We treat all of our tea cuttings with the love and care they deserve.
How We Process Unrooted Tea Cuttings
When we process our tea cuttings we always follow the same process. First, we take the cutting off the tree and clean the nodes and extra leaf off of each cutting. It is important to note that tea cuttings do not require leaf on the cutting to produce roots. In fact, having large leaf on a cutting can be a disadvantage as leaf requires larger water consumption from the cutting. This is why we cut our leaf into a triangle shape.
The next step requires adding rooting hormone. We have found that the best way to ensure rooting is to use a lot of rooting hormone. As much as possible. We strive to ensure that each cutting has the highest success rate possible. After adding rooting hormone the next step is to place the cutting in the soil medium. Wheither it is peat pods, soil, or peat pods a good soil medium will be required to allow these plants to succeed. You can even grow these plants hydroponically, however we will be providing the rooting medium. If you are planning to grow hydroponically do add more rooting hormone after taking out of soil medium.
How high should the humidity be?
Lastly, we add the cutting to a plastic Zip Lock like bag or you can take them out and put them into a very large plastic container. Regardless of how you are rooting them you need to ensure that the plants are kept in high humidity at all times. Do not leave the cuttings out of the bag for more then 20 min at a time. These plants require 80 – 100% humidity at all times.
How long should I expect Shipping to take?
Unrooted tea cuttings 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 Expedited 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.
It is important to note to make is: Do 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.
For best results inflate the zip lock bag and place it under a strong indirect light source. We get decent results just relying on a South facing window but, see much better results under some sort of bright indirect light (LED, Fluro, HPS).
Artificial lighting methods allow for quicker rooting. However a South facing window will suffice.
How often should I water unrooted tea cuttings?
Customers should leave the plastic bag these cuttings come in sealed at all times they should not be releasing moisture. There should be no need to water these cuttings. In the event the soil medium begins to firm up it is advised to mist or pour a table spoon or two of water. The soil medium should always be moist to the touch at all times. Even one night of a dried up soil medium will kill a plant seeing as they are so young.
What happens if there is a issue with my order?
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.