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"Green Tea Seeds", Windsor Albemarle Times, 5 March 1875

In China, the tea growing process was a centuries old tradition. Tea seeds were collected in October and planted in a basket of damp, sandy soil until March, when the sprouts were sown in nursery beds. A year later after the spring rains, the plants were moved into rows with each plant four feet apart. Marketable tea leaves were picked by hand in the plants third year when it reached its full height of three to four feet. (John C. Evans, Tea in China: The History of China's National Drink (New York: Greenwood Press, 1992), 121-122.) People buying the Askew's seeds could not have been in a hurry to drink their first cup of tea.

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Green Tea SEEDS!

Direct from China and Accessible to All!!




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WHEN YOU READ THIS, enclose forth-with 25 cents and get by return mail, a PACKAGE with directions for raising and curing, to


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Citation: "Green Tea Seeds," Windsor Albemarle Times (Windsor, NC), March 5, 1875.
Location: North Carolina Collection, Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858 USA
Call Number:NoCar Microfilm WnrMisc-1   

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