Bio-dynamic Management
of a Tea Estate

 

Kerala, Tamil Nadu

Western Ghats

Darjeeling, Assam

 

 

Biodynamic Tea is grown in many places in Kerala, in the Western Ghats, andin the north in Darjeeling and Assam.

 

The biodynamic management is mainly the same in all the biodynamic tea gardens.  Preparation BD500 and CPP are applied twice a year in spring and autumn.  Spraying with silica BD501 is also done in the spring and autumn at the Moon opposition Saturn, or on an ascending period during a water constellation Aquarius.  This seems to help with the quality of the leaf.

 

Give an application of BD compost about 3 to 5 cubic metres per acre after pruning.  Some growers manage to mulch over the compost, which helps with weed control.

 

Application of bark or tree paste, made with the CPP slurry, helps the bushes recover quickly from pruning.

 

Some growers are using CPP as a fortnightly foliar spray, alternating with liquid fertilizers made from sea weed or various foliages, such as gliricidia or stinging nettle and made using the BD compost preparations 502-507.  These help maintain leaf growth and help the plant against various insect attacks.

 

Most of the growers are making quite large quantities of CPP and have their own cattle herd for providing dung for the compost, CPP, and making their own BD500 cow horn manure.

 

Growers talk about having a longer season when quality leaf is produced using biodynamic management.  Several growers also report there is less blister blight.

 

There is a general agreement from the tea growers that they are pleased with the good quality and taste of the tea.