darjeeling tea 1st Flush 2008- crop delay

I've been in a regular contact with the managers of various plantations in Darjeeling and all the gardens will come up with a slow start this year due to the uneven balance of temperature this year which makes the growth of new leafs and buds very slow, talking about the Darjeeling Valley Gardens like Puttabong, North Tukvar, Barnesbeg etc. which use to start with their 1st invoices of First Flush by probably the end of 1st week of March will get their first couple of invoices only by the 10th of March or may be a couple of Days later. The Kurseong Valley gardens like Castleton, Goomtee, Jungpana, and Makaibari etc. will start after the 15th of March but the Mirik valley gardens which are usually late starters like Thurbo, Gopaldhara etc might be early starter this year as unusually the area is much more humid this year so leaf growth is expected to be rapid in these gardens and we can expect early invoices from these gardens.
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rajivmitra
yes rajiv - the flush is late this year. while on the other hand some gardens have started rolling out their early EX invoices in very small quantities. glenburn has already made their EX1, rohini has started getting an average of 200 to 300 kilos of leaf, giddapahar has done their yearly puja, badamtam has made their first invoice already, margarets hope is having their spring plucking puja tomorow - they willl start plucking regularly soon.... as far as i have heard is that makaibari has also rolled out quite a few EX invoices already ... lets hope that yesterdays light showers will help in the blooming and we get a good round of teas this year.
we are all keeping our fingers crossed and anticipating a good crop - we dont mind it being a bit late. lets wait and see what nature has in store for us.
take care ankit
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Ankit Lochan

btw - rajiv just an FYI - china first flush normally comes by march end - they have unofficially announced that their first flush will be in april end this year due to the heavy snow they had... the international scenario of production is a bit behind this year, same for the crop also...
ankit
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Ankit Lochan

The first few pluckings of First Flush are decided more by the atmospheric temperatures than humidity. S. M. Changoiwala Gopaldhara tea company PVT Ltd. Kolkota
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smchangoiwala

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