After the tea plucking season is over in November, tea season is not really over! Winter work begins and consists of maintenance of plant, machinery, land and tea bushes. Machines are repaired and readied for the next season; land is cleared and drains are cleaned and maintained and most importantly tea plants are either skiffed or pruned. Work is never really over even though tea bushes are in dormancy.
Image: Tea bushes in Ilam, Nepal showing two distinct maintenance cycles of pruning - skiffing. January 2012