Selective Tea Plucker

Mechanically simulating the hand plucking of tea

Video Credit - Mississippi State University Extension

Selective Harvesting enhances quality


•Selectivity is achieved through plucking the mature tea stem at table height.

•Maintenance foliage and immature buds are not harvested.


•Selective process enhances quality


•Conversely cutters are non-selective and cut stems, leaf, immature buds and maintenance foliage, thereby reducing quality.

Immature shoot left on the bush

Plucking height

Mature shoots that have been plucked


Maintenance foliage left on the bush 


Selective Tea Plucker comparison with hand-plucking and mechanical cutters

Comparison Table


Selective Plucking Vs Cutting of tea

Crop growth comparison after 7 days

Selective Harvesting
Conventional Cutter

• No immature shoots harvested with selective tea plucker, therefore, tea grows back quicker, reducing round and improving yield


Mechanisation Advantages

• Proven up to 92% reduction in labour requirement. Source GMTC


• Replaces scarce labour resource


• Facilitates harvesting at right time and when workers are unavailable


• Allows grower to keep up with crop which enhances quality and yield


It's lightweight and easy to manoeuvre

Rows of Tea Bushes.jpg


•“It is the best harvester to maintain quality of plucked shoots that I have seen. It is a simple machine that returns complicated work.”

•“It performed as we were told it would ….better than I had expected and it really saved the day this year.”

•“It plucks with sufficient efficiency to maintain a high standard of tea production which in turn maintains the higher prices that we need to be monetarily sustainable.”