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Tea Plant Seeds

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Tea Plant Seeds

Camellia sinensis, also known as Tea Plant, Tea Tree and Tea Shrub is the species of plant whose leaves and leaf buds are used to produce Chinese Tea. The leaves of this plant have been used as far back as 2700 B.C. Older names for this plant include Thea bohea, Thea sinensis and Thea viridis.

Camellia sinensis is native to mainland China South and Southeast Asia. Today, it is cultivated across the world in tropical and subtropical regions. The popular Tee Plant is an evergreen shrub or small tree that is usually trimmed to below six feet when cultivated for its leaves. It has a strong taproot. The flowers are yellow-white with 7 to 8 delicate petals.

White tea, green tea, oolong tea, pu-erh tea and black tea are all harvested from this species, but are processed differently to attain different levels of oxidation. The young leaves are fermented, semi-fermented or used green to make tea.

Kukicha or twig tea is also harvested from Camellia sinensis, but uses twigs and stems rather than leaves.

Studies have shown green tea to be a beneficial health aid with its anticancer and antioxidant effects. Tea leaves are high in fluoride and are reported to even help prevent tooth decay.

The seeds of Camellia sinensis, and its relative Camellia oleifera, can be pressed to yield tea oil, a sweetish seasoning and cooking oil.

Tea Tree can also be grown in a pot indoors and many people in colder climates enjoy the benefits of growing camellias in pots. Tee Trees are lovely flowering plants and will complement any cottage or Victorian garden.

For more information on the Tea Plant and How to Grow it, Click HERE

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Additional Details
  • Family: Theaceae (tee-AY-see-ee)
  • Genus: Camellia (kuh-MEE-lee-a)
  • Species: sinensis (sy-NEN-sis)
  • AKA: Tea Plant, Tea Tree, Thea sinensis, Camellia thea, Thea viridis, Thea bohea
  • Category: Shrubs
  • Height: 6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
  • Spacing:36-48 in. (90-120 cm), 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
  • Germination Time:
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Bloom Time: Late Summer/Early Fall, Mid Fall, Late Fall/Early Winter
  • Bloom Color:White, Nearly White
  • Foliage: Grown for foliage, Evergreen, Shiny/Glossy-Textured
  • Soil Requirements:4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic), 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral). Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
  • Propagation Methods:Soak the seeds for 24 hours before you plant them. Direct sow in Spring after last frost. From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
  • Other Details: Attractive to butterflies and Bumble Bees. Flowers are fragrant. Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater. Suitable for growing in containers

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