2018 Darjeeling First Flush Sampling

In continuing with a Darjeeling tea theme of blog postings, we were fortunate enough to receive four samples of First Flush tea from Darjeeling from Lochan Tea Limited.  We are extremely thankful for these samples.  We were very curious what 2018 and the First Flush would bring given the labor strike and unrest of 2017…

AV2, One of the Kings of Darjeeling tea cultivars

(Author’s Note, this article was originally written in the late Summer of 2017 for Italian Tea Magazine Fogli De Tea by Stefano Aliquo,  this is the English version with full photos. Again, I want to gracious thank Rajiv Lochan and Shiva Saria, once again for their expertise and knowledge.) There has been an emergence on…

Where and What is the future of Hortfire?

I have been asked way too many times in the last few years, more like judged, about what Hortfire LLC is and where it is going. Hortfire LLC will always exist, it will never go away, no matter what. When the original project started in college, it initially was a project, yet when I noticed…

Plant Propagation is Plant Preservation.

We want to wish everyone a belated Happy Summer Solstice. As we begin to march into the summer months, we have becoming across a common theme when we have been talking to people about plants and historical landscapes this year. The “preservation” theme. The preservation movement can be traced back to certain points of history…

Yaupon to Yunnan, two different teas and their common bonds.

A few weeks ago, the news came out that researchers at the University Kunming, Yunnan, China had unlocked the tea genome. This has drawn praise and also fear at the same time. The fear is in the thought of “transgenic” tea or as I know it as GE (Genetically Enhanced) tea. It did not take…

Winter Maintenance while recovering a Hybrid Tea Rose garden.

We hope everyone has had a great start to the new year. Today we are going to go over some winter maintenance of one of the most beloved plants, hybrid tea roses. Most people don’t know that the rose is actually the national flower of the United States. Patience and discipline will always pay off…

Winter Vegetative Cutting Propagation of Camellias.

Let me first wish everyone a Happy Winter Solstice and a Festive Holiday. With the longest night passing this past week and the various holidays beginning to be celebrated, we wanted to do something special for everyone. We know a lot of you will be visiting friends and family over the next week or two….