Our plantation, founded in 1979, consists of three different gardens boasting over 61,000 bushes. Two are not pruned or plucked and the bushes are 20-30 feet high. One area near our home is where we closely manage the bushes to produce tea. I always thought I would be planting more, but we have all that we can now maintain.
Tea tourism is working well for us. We charge $10 for a tour, where guests get a cup of tea and a free bare-rooted tea plant. I put small groups on a golf cart and ride them through the tea fields, stopping at points of interest. These are enthusiastically received with our guests coming on a regular basis. We sell most of our tea to these tourists, and are still not shipping tea to outside customers. Because we are getting two requests a week to send tea off in the mail, we may reconsider some day – but for now, no mail orders.