Experimental Agriculture

Research Article

Some Factors Limiting Yields of Tea (Camellia sinensis)

T. W. Tantona1

a1 Tea Research Foundation of Central Africa, PO Box 51, Mulanje, Malawi

Abstract

Measurements indicate that the tea crop—which consists of young shoots—is sink-limited and that the plucking of immature shoots, essential for quality tea, is a major factor limiting yields of the crop. The importance of this aspect in selecting for high-yielding plant material is discussed.

(Accepted October 28 1978)