Acta Horticulturae, vol.1, no.1299, pp.57-60, 2020 (Scopus)
The tea plant (Camelia sinensis L.) is a perennial shrub in the form of a tree, with
a lifespan of up to 100 years, with the ability to regenerate itself very rapidly in suitable
climatic conditions, with constant shoot growth. Pruning is the most important cultural
measures after the harvest. Tea leaves left to grow freely produce flowers and fruit
while they shoot for tea production in very small quantities. In countries producing tea
in the world, different pruning levels (light, medium, heavy pruning) are applied. When
these different pruning methods are determined, climatic conditions (precipitation,
altitude, soil structure, etc.) and cultural applications are taken as basis. Especially at
high altitudes where vegetation period is short and in arid climates, pruning period is
kept longer and appropriate pruning and flapping methods are applied. There are
many problems with pruning in Tea Orchards and if you specify them in headings; 1.
Pruning interval in Tea Gardens is long (10 years); 2. Misuse of equipment (pruning
tools are maintenance-free and damage the plant); 3. Pruning workers do not have
enough technical and practical knowledge about pruning. In this study, Pruning
mistakes and suggestions in Tea Gardens in Turkey were examined in detail.