It’s tea time! Camellia sinensis, commonly known as the Tea Plant, is a beloved species that has earned its place in history as the producer of one of the world's most popular beverages. Its young, succulent shoots yield an abundant supply of tea leaves, which can be processed into the flavorful and aromatic teas we all know and love. Did you know that the type of tea you get depends on how you dry and cure the leaves? If you're a fan of black tea, let the leaves oxidize before drying. For green tea, skip the oxidation step and go straight to drying. And if you prefer white tea, simply wither the leaves until they are dry, without any oxidation or rolling.
While Camellia sinensis is hardy in the southern United States, it can also be grown as a potted plant indoors during the winter in cooler climates. The Tea Plant makes a wonderful addition to indoor decor, thriving as a potted plant during the winter. Its dark green, glossy leaves and delicate, fragrant white flowers add an elegant touch to any living space. This versatile plant is perfect for anyone looking to grow their own tea and add a touch of elegance to their garden or home. Whether you're a tea connoisseur or simply looking for a charming addition to your indoor garden, the Tea Plant is a versatile and delightful choice.
|Bloom Season||Spring, Winter|
|Sun Requirement||Full Sun, Partial Sun|
|Minimum Temperature Indoors||35|
Tips for Success:
• Use fertilizer only at the beginning of active growth.
• Water when soil surface appears dry and then
thoroughly saturate the root ball.
• Give partial sun year-round.
• Give 30-40°F nighttime temperatures during the winter.
Warm nights during the winter time will cause “bud blast.”
Up to 59°F is okay.
• Give a slightly acidic soil between (soil ph between 4.8 - 5.8)
• Pinch back young cuttings to get full and bushy growth,
although this discourages flowering early on.
• 1 tablespoon of Epsom Salts/ one gallon of water given twice a
year supplies their magnesium requirements.