Cold Hardy Tea Plant (Camellia sinensis var. sinensis)
Cold Hardy Tea Plant
Freshly made tea tastes far superior to any tea you’ll find in a market. If you enjoy the soothing comfort of a warm cup of tea, why not grow your own to relish every day? The Cold Hardy Tea Plant is one of the hardiest of all the Camellia sinensis, with smaller, narrower leaves especially preferred for making green, white, and black teas. Your tree has been groomed and will ship ready for you to start making your own tea right away.
These make attractive hedges. If you are growing for several people, a hedge is a great way to grow your plants. They do well in containers too, so if you live in colder areas, just bring the plants indoors for a few months. In fall and winter, you’ll have the added bonus of small white flowers that will perfume the area with their delicious fragrance!
Even better is the fact that the Cold Hardy resists tough conditions with ease. A few plants will supply you with a lifetime of delicious tea, fresh and as pure as possible! It will grow to a very large shrub if left on its own. To use it for tea production, which uses only the new growth at stem tips, you will want to keep it pruned to about 3 or 4 feet to make it easy to harvest and to keep it producing fresh new stems.
And it’s long-living. Enjoy a lifetime supply of delicious, fresh tea leaves and save thousands of dollars! One tea plant can produce for over 100 years. Just snip off the leaves and dry. Use them fresh or store them. One thing is certain – you’ll have this plant for a very long time.
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Your tea plant will be happiest in a full to partial sun location. If possible, try to put it in a spot where it will be protected from strong winds. Space multiple plants at least three feet apart from one another. Tea plants enjoy moist, well-draining, acidic soil (ph range of 6-5 or lower).
Your tea plant will require at least one weekly watering (mulch helps retain moisture so be sure to spread a good 2-3 inch layer around the base). Keep an eye on the area during the hot season as you might need to move up to a dual watering weekly.
During active growth in spring and summer, apply 1/2 lb. of a slow-release, complete fertilizer every two months or as the packaging suggests.
Potted tea plants should be pruned back yearly after the blooming period. Just like the in-ground tea plant, be sure to remove dead, damaged, or crowded branches. Cut the stem back towards the base of the bush. You can cut individual branches to just past a leaf node or bud.
The youngest leaves on your tea plant tend to make the best tea. The youngest is typically the last few leaves and the bud. Set the leaves to dry out of the sun for about 2 hours and then pan heat or steam to stop the leaf’s oxidation. Try to keep the heat fairly high during this process (500 degrees Fahrenheit) for about 15 minutes while continuously shaking and/or stirring to prevent scorching or burning. Leaves can now be dried in the oven or in a dehydrator, stored in an airtight container, and left in a cool dry area for storage.
|Cold Hardy Tea Plant
|Camellia sinensis var. sinensis
|Fruit Trees, Bushes
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