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Author Topic: Camellia sinensis  (Read 2408 times)
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« Reply #1: January 18, 2011, 02:58:39 am »

My grandmother and I would like to start growing our own tea plants. I have been looking up information on how to do this, but when I came across information on growing Camellia sinensis it said that the plant needs to be 3years old for it to be of any use. Is this true? If so, I went to google and searched for Camellia sinensis for sale in hopes we could find a plant that has already sprouted and I found a couple, but then there is also several varieties of the Camellia sinensis so I am at a loss as to what I should do. I didn't know there were several different kinds of tea plants...I just want to grow a tea plant or 2 so that we can have fresh tea. Great Mother, this is confusing the heck out of me!:) Can I get some advice please?Smiley

I'd really recommend getting a tea plant that's already been growing for a good while. Camellias are slow from seed, from my understanding. I have a C. sinensis that's growing rather well. I have the standard species, so I cannot really comment on which variety to get.

Are you planning on growing them in pots or outside? And what sort of climate do you have? If it's exceedingly cold you'll have to bring them indoors for the winter.
From what I have heard they need to have a good 2-3 years growing before you can actively harvest them. Since you only harvest the first few leaves on the growing tips, it helps it have a large plant.

Finally, if you want to have a decent quantity of tea, you might have to get several plants.

Hope that helps a little bit Smiley

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