Camellia Sinensis (Tea Plant)
TEA-CAME-1-5Regular price $42.00
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Fancy a cuppa? Camellia Sinensis is a beautiful fragrant evergreen. Its leaves can be used to make delicious green or black tea, and it looks amazing as a topiary or a hedge. Don't miss out - these plants are hard to find!
Urban Bounty Camellia Sinensis come in a 3 litre pot. They are still relatively young plants.
What is Camellia Sinensis (Tea Plant)
Camellia Sinensis is a fragrant, evergreen bush with white flowers. It is cultivated as a commercial crop in countries like India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Malaysia. Although it can grow up to 1.5 metres high and wide, its size can easily be managed with pruning and containerising. This lush plant looks picture perfect in elegant and tropical gardens and patio pots.
Culinary Uses for Camellia Sinensis (Tea Plant)
Both the leaves and the buds of Camellia Sinensis can be harvested for tea from spring-summer. The taste depends on the climate, soil type and site elevation. Green tea is made by steaming the tender young leaves and drying immediately. Black tea leaves are fermented before drying.
Pick tender young leaves at the tip of the branch. Bruise gently in your hands to kick-start fermentation. (Roll the leaves until they are darkened and wrinkled, but not torn.) Lay a single layer of leaves on a tray, and place in a shady dry place for 2 - 3 days. Gently bake in the oven for 20 minutes at 120 degrees Celsius. (This stops the fermentation process.) Store in an airtight jar for use.
Growing Conditions for Camellia Sinensis (Tea Plant)
As this plant is shallow rooted, avoid planting next to trees, or disturbing the soil around the base. Bee pollination is needed to produce flowers, so we recommend companion planting with pollinator-attracting plants like Wild Garlic and Hosta (in shady spots) or Marigold and Calendula (in the sun).
Once established, Camellia Sinensis is reasonably hardy. It prefers woodland conditions (dappled shade with rich, moist and slightly acidic soil). However, it also adapts well to sunnier spots and most well-draining soil types. When young, Tea Plants need shelter from frost and cold winds, but once mature, they are moderately frost hardy (except in spring, when new flower buds are forming). This plant doesn't need much feeding. It doesn't like waterlogged soil, but won't cope well with dry conditions either, so water regularly in periods of dry weather. Prune lightly after flowering to shape and promote density.