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Baby Tea Plants at Market

In previous posts Where the Trees Come From and Preparing Tea Tree Clones, we discussed the production of new tea trees. Lets take a look at one way they get into the gardens - the street market.

Depending on cultivar, the trees range from about 0.3 to 0.5 RMB each. That is four to seven cents each. When you buy the trees, the seller will ask if you want the tops lopped off. It might seem surprising to shear off the tops, but it is done to induce branching that will develop the tree from a whip into a bush.
The tea trees were setup on a side street off the main market.
Looking down the street.
The tops are cut to induce branching.
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