Experimental Agriculture

Research Article

Environmental Factors Affecting the Yield of Tea (Camellia sinensis). I. Effects of Air Temperature

T. W. Tantona1 p1

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


The response of tea shoots to temperature was studied in the field and in controlled environments. Shoot extension stopped below about 12.5°C. Shoots of mature tea took 491 day degrees above the base temperature of 12.8°C to grow to a harvestable size of 15 cm.

(Accepted August 08 1981)


p1 Present address: Department of Civil Engineering, The University, Southampton, UK.