I hope you can see the little round balls on black landscaping paper inside this Table Top Greenhouse. These are Camellia Sinensis that I hope to start and grow in #yyjs Greater Victoria area. As I mentioned in post about starting Moringa Seeds, it was one of small trees I had hoped to focus on this year.
The first attempt of soaking and sprouting these seeds did not result in germination. Inspired by the success of germination in the second attempt at the Moringa Seeds here is another attempt with these Tea Plant seeds.
These seeds soaked for 24 hours and I did notice that some seeds sunk and others stayed floating. I have read research that suggests the seeds that do not sink are not healthy or the pods are empty. Others suggest they have started seedlings with the floaters. In the first round I soaked the seeds and cracked the shells open. Now I have just come across someone who places their seeds in the sun for a few days to crack open. This releases an agent that is in the shell to stop the seed from germinating. I came across this with Kiwi Fruit! They too have a substance around the seeds to stop them from sprouting that has to be removed.
So this is where the experiment rests for now while the sun does its part. I expect to plant the seeds as soon as they crack and put aside for at least a month before noticing any sprouts. Fingers crossed! Stay tuned.
- Hot Tea: Cooking with Camellia sinensis by Author by Suzanne Catty
- How to Grow and Harvest Tea: A Comprehensive Guide In Growing And Harvesting Camellia Sinensis by Author Margaret Green