After one year of nurturing in the nursery, the plants have grown strong, with a firm root system. The time to plant them out in the selected fields has arrived.
Planting can take place from February to July, with April and May having been shown to be the best months for transplanting the fragile young plants.
On Satemwa 75 cm separates each bush with 120 cm between each row. This provides the bushes with adequate space to grow, and gives the pluckers enough room to walk between the bushes when plucking.
When digging the holes for the new bushes, the farmer places the topsoil on one side of the hole, and the red soil on the other side. He lines the bottom of each hole with 40g of root promoting fertilizer before inserting the new plant. The original topsoil is refilled around the plant, completing the planting. Depending on the type of tea plant and the quality of the soil, some fields can begin to provide tea only three years after planting.
The planting configuration employed at Satemwa provides a plant population of approx. 11,111 tea plants per hectare,yielding up to 5 tonnes of produced tea