All Tea comes from one camellia species, Camellia sinensis. But there is not just one camellia sinensis. Just like Camellia japonica and Camellia Sasanqua, Camellia sinensis is made up of many varieties of Tea, all with varying characteristics
Camellia sinensis readily goes to seed and those seedlings are often not very unique by appearance and growth habits, and to the tea farmer who doesn’t care what they look like, it’s a good option when you need a lot of plants fast and you don’t care about complete uniformity.
At Tsubaki Tea™, we grow seedlings and cloned varieties. Every seedling plant is different from the rest, but with clones, all plants are exact duplicates.
Most growers will sell ‘ordinary’ tea plants, but at Tsubaki Tea™ we grow a selection of great plants that are named cultivars. We do grow seedlings too, but the selection process for seedlings are just a rigorous as the our cloned tea selection. Every plant is graded on it’s performance whether it’s a seedling or a clone.
I have the best job in the world…I get to walk out of my back door and across the yard to a greenhouse and nursery full of Camellias and do what I love every day. Sometimes, when it’s very hot or very cold or when problems arise I do question my career path, but I always come back to the same place….I’m where I’m supposed to be!