Camellia Sinensis (Tea Plant)
Grow Your Own Delicious Tea
Enjoy both green AND black tea!
It's true. The leaves of the Camellia Sinensis can be harvested for either green or black tea. No matter which you prefer, you can grow it!
What is the Nutritional Value of Tea?
Studies have shown that tea has the ability to lower cholesterol and encourage weight loss. It also has the ability to lower the risk for diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Tea is packed with antioxidants, which many feel are imperative to good health. However, the true nutritional benefits of tea depend entirely upon the type. Black tea, for instance, provides a quarter of the recommended daily value of manganese, along with mild doses of magnesium, copper, folate and riboflavin.
Here's How to Prepare Your Own Tea
1. Place a teaspoon or two of your dried tea leaves into your tea pot
2. Slowly pour boiling water into your tea pot and let sit for 5 minutes
Ornamental foliage and creamy white flowers add a delicate touch to any garden.
The Camellia Sinensis is not just a plant that can be grown to harvest, but also for its beauty. It mixes well with a variety of plants and adds hints of deep green and pops of white to otherwise colorless landscapes. Because this plant can be pruned back for harvesting, it is great for patios, decks or as a kitchen plant. Simply pot it up in a container with well drained soil and water regularly. Small flowers of white will appear in winter. Their creamy yellow, floret-style centers are really quite lovely.
Growing Your Camellia Sinensis Outdoors
When planted outdoors, the Camellia Sinensis performs very well. It is hardy to zones 7 through 11, but when grown as a container or patio plant, it can be grown in zones 4-11. The Camellia Sinensis is extremely adaptable to a variety of soil conditions. Because this plant is disease resistant, it requires no harmful pesticides. This means that you and your family don't have to worry about ingesting harmful chemicals while you enjoy a nice cup of tea!
This tea plant has the ability to turn into a tree if left unattended, so if your intentions are to harvest this plant for tea, prune it regularly to keep it small. With a continuous supply of antioxidant-rich tea, you and your family are certain to adore the Camellia Sinensis!
Enjoy the Comfort of Fresh Camellia Tea from Your Very Own Back Yard!
Tea has long been a popular drink. In fact, worldwide, tea is far more popular than coffee. The Camellia Sinensis plant is at the epicenter of tea commerce, as it is a favorite of many tea growers worldwide. This evergreen plant's young leaves can be processed to yield the ever popular beverage. Creating a special area in your garden or landscape will certainly give a brand new meaning to the term "Tea Time."