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Boh Tea Plantation, Brinchang

kayes



Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
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kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,797
October 2, 2008 10:16pm

Does anyone know why during certain times of the year, the tea plantations in Camerons turn into two colours, green and mauve? Is it because they spray chemicals on the tea plants?
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 995
November 2, 2008 4:16am

I am not really sure why the tea shrubs are this colour Kayes. They are not naturally this mauve. I wonder if it has to with the lighting at the moment this pic was taken. We were here recently and I saw workers using hand-held grass cutters pruning the shrubs. The pruned area was a shade of brown where the mauve part is in your pic.
Will pay closer attention to this mystery when we are up there next. Let you know when I have the answer.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
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November 2, 2008 4:31am

The available lighting when I took the pic could have changed the tone of the colour somewhat but unlikely. Here's another pic. What do you think?


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics2/camauve.jpg
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 995
November 2, 2008 5:28am

Don't you think it looks decidedly less mauve here then the first pic? I don't think the tea shrubs are allowed to flower and so it is definitely not the flowers giving you the shade of mauve. Let's ask the tea people the next time we go up.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
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November 2, 2008 5:44am

What about this? Taken on a different trip.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics2/camauve2.jpg
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 995
November 2, 2008 6:05am

I used a magnifying glass to look at the dividing line between the green and mauve/brown tea shrubs and still do think that the mauve/brown parts have been pruned. The rows of tea are grown quite close and I think one half of it is pruned before the second half, worked from the other side. After that he just turns round and prunes half of the next row! Gosh Kayes, it does get complicated doesn't it?
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
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November 2, 2008 6:17am

The same area when it was all green Smile


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics2/camauve3.jpg
Liz

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 192
November 2, 2008 6:23am

We went to Camerons less than a fortnight ago and never saw any mauve tea plants. The pics look really nice ... half tea plantation and half a field of lavender. Like an expensive carpet of green and mauve. Haha blue grass I was a little tickled at the magnifying glass bit. See that you have been doing a little "Sherlock Holmes" Smile
Liz

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 192
November 2, 2008 6:33am

Kayes what time of year was it when the first pic was taken. Would love to see for myself when the tea plantation turns mauve so hoping you remember when so we can make a trip there.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,797
November 2, 2008 7:09am

Liz, first pic was taken on 22 April 2006. Number 2 and 3 were taken on 16 May 2006. 4 was taken on 19 September 2007 and this one taken on 16 April 2008. Looks like April is the time to see it.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics2/camauve4.jpg
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 995
November 2, 2008 7:33pm

Hey Liz. Desperate times call for desperate measures! The minute I submit my post, Kayes throws another pic at me. What was I supposed to do? I felt the reputation of our gardening fraternity was at stake. So out came the magnifying glass and I scrutinised the pics from every angle. Don't you think April may be the month for pruning Liz? Next April in Camerons!!
Liz

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 192
November 2, 2008 9:03pm

Yeah blue grass, Kayes is like "Quick Draw McGraw" Smile! He is really fast in locating his pics. Smile We should have a get-together of forum members next April in Boh Tea plantations in cameron highlands Wink
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 995
April 12, 2011 8:42pm

I couldn't help but remember all the debate about the the mauve tea plants and apparently this being the correct time of the year to see them, I wonder if you did Kayes? Are you able to shed more light on this mystery?
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,797
April 13, 2011 1:45am

Blue Grass, there was no colour display at all. Everything was just a monotonous green Sad


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics6/justgreen.jpg
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 995
May 30, 2011 6:52pm

Thanks Kayes for pic. I spoke to some tea people and they told me their tea bushes are never purple at any time. It is a puzzle! However there is a wide variety of tea plants and perhaps theirs are those that do not undergo a colour change - be it due to pruning, flowers or young shoots. Can anyone solve this puzzle?
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,797
June 26, 2011 8:47pm

Blue Grass, I found another pic showing different colours in the Boh Tea plantation.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics6/diffcolours.jpg
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
July 2, 2011 7:21pm

"Old man's darling, young man's slave." OR "Young man's darling, old man's slave". Wink


Different colours in the Boh Plantation. This pic. also shows hair with different colours. He he he



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