Monday, January 16, 2012

New Market Potential for Oahu: Tea Experiment Update

Survival rate of bare root tea plants looking good
Cuttings planted in August 2011
Assessed for rooting in January 2012 (5 months)
Tea rooted in aquaponics system: cinder alone (P)
Tea rooted in aquaponics system:  inside of a coconut fiber block (W)
After 5 months, we are assessing rooting success rates
Are their any differences between plants rooted in coconut fiver vs cinder alone?
Cuttings planted into media to promote further root development
Assessment of cuttings under a simplified mist system
 Callous and root formation was evident
Plants were put into media to promote further rooting
LIFE will continue to asses tea propagation techniques to compare with industry standards and work with Hawaii tea project partners to offer market feasibility workshops for interested growers

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