Cultivation at Emerail Tea

Emerail Premium Tea is grown in the tea gardens of Guizhou in southwestern China. Emerail is the largest organic tea manufacturer in the province and one of the most important agriculture companies of the country. Emerail recognizes that organic farming in the region is a great investment to make for the future. Emerail continues to protect plants by completely omitting any use of chemicals. Furthermore, the production process depends heavily on solar technology. To omit pesticides and harm from insects or animals perceived as a natural hazards to tea plants sound waves are used to keep these from the plantation.

The mountainous highlands, the subtropical climate and nutrition-rich soil of the area provide the perfect conditions for the cultivation of premium tea. The plantation covers a range of four square kilometers, essentially offering the possibility of harvesting on average up to 10,000 kg of fresh tea leaves each year.

Tea was first cultivated in China and the origin of its tradition goes back about 2,500 years in time. Tea is grown from seeds or re-potted cuttings from other tea plants. The most common way is to cultivate the plants using cuttings from shoots of healthy and very vigorous plants, which require special protective and intense care. They are grown in special containers with humus-rich soil. After nine months the young plants are put in their place on the plantation. At this stage the plants continue to grow for three to six years before they are harvested for the first time. The plants are cut at a height of about 1.50 meters for continuously sprouting tender new leaves, which can be harvested up to 3 times in a year. Chinese tea plants can be used for up to 100 years. In the wild, tea plants grow into trees and can even reach a height of up to 15 meters. In Guizhou, there are many 1,000 year old tea trees on the hillside. Emerail is a proud owner of several traditional tea tree plantations of this age. This tea is very special, rare and precious, and to date available only in China.