How to Grow Tea | Guide to Growing Tea

 
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The original tea plant, whose leaves account for the myriad varieties of green, white and black teas. Camelia sinensis is a tropical shrub or small tree which requires the warmer temperatures and higher humidities of a tropical or carefully-regulated greenhouse.

 
   
 

Perennial (zones 11+)

14-28 days at 80° F

2 years

Moist, slightly acidic

Partial shade full sun

Leaf

4-6' apart

2 years

Growing Guide
GROWING NOTES
The authentic 'tea' plant is native to tropical regions will grow into a large shrub or small tree of height 6-8' with white or pale yellow flowers.

 

The large seeds should be soaked for 24 hours prior to sowing, then sown indoors 1-2" deep in a light, sterilized mix. Keep soil moist while waiting for germination, typically 14-28 days.

 

Camellia sinensis prefers partially shaded conditions and traditionally grows in woodlands. Moist, slightly acidic soil is ideal.

MAINTAINING
Camellia sinensis is native to tropical regions and must be overwintered indoors in regions 10 and below. If grown outdoors, it prefers a cool and dry conditions and is not tolerant of frost. It can be grown as a small indoor or greenhouse tree for some years, and can be transplanted to larger containers as it grows.
 

 
   
     
   
 

Harvesting Guide
HARVESTING
Harvesting of the leaves for tea should not be undertaken until the third year on. For making tea, typically the young bud and outer three young leaves are used.

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