Cold Hardy Tea Plant
Grow Your Own Green or Black Tea
It's true. The leaves of the Camellia Sinensis can be harvested for either green or black tea. No matter which one you prefer, you can grow it!
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 are imperative to good health. However, the true nutritional benefits of tea depends 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
3. Pour and enjoy!
The Camellia Sinensis can be grown to harvest, but you can also enjoy 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 it regularly. Small, white flowers will appear in winter. Their creamy yellow, floret-style centers are really quite lovely.
When planted outdoors, the Camellia Sinensis performs very well. It is hardy in growing zones 7-11. However, when potted up as a container or patio plant, it can be grown anywhere in the country (zones 4-11).
These plants are 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 it for tea, prune it regularly to keep it small.
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."
We recommend avoiding tiny liners. These plants take years to produce the leaves you'd need to make your own tea. Instead, we offer large 1 gallon plants, fully covered with leaves. You'll have plenty throughout the year for fresh, home-grown tea!