Camellia Sinensis 'Tea Plant' 15cm Pot
The 'Tea Plant' is a striking evergreen shrub whose leaves can be picked and added to the teapot to make up your own cuppa.
Come autumn they're covered in beautiful, white flowers which have a delightful scent - an added bonus if planted in a pot near the house. Camellia Sinensis produces fresh new leaves in spring which are the best leaves to pick for your teapot, although you can experiment with drying the leaves for a more traditional brew. Supplied in 15cm pots, these tea plants are ideal when grown in a container but can also be planted in the flower border among your favourite perennials as the Camellia's dark evergreen leaves highlight flower colour superbly.
Tea plant care isn't complicated. Water plants frequently during the first two years generally two or three times per week during the summer, using rainwater whenever possible. You will be able to pick a few leaves in the first year, so that you can try making your very own tea it's best to limit yourself for the first 2-3 years of growth so that your tea plant will establish to become a bigger plant with more fresh leaves in the following years. Your plant will be dormant during the winter months, but in spring it will burst into life and you can start picking the freshest young leaves. Prune it back to 3 to 4 feet every few years to keep it bushy and producing fresh leaves at an easy to pick' height.
Traditionally, the uppermost leaves two and leaf bud on each stem are picked although you may want to try with some of the older leaves or even stems and see how the flavour varies. For the first 2 or 3 years it would be wise to either bring it indoors or protect it during prolonged or sharp frosts so if being grown in a pot will require to be bought inside or protected from winter frosts.
- Ideal for: Grow your own, Making your own tea, gift, patio pots, herb garden, kitchen garden
- Flowers: October - November
- Position: Full sun/partial shade
- Height/Spread: Eventual height/spread 4m x 2.5m slow growing
- Hardiness: Frost Hardy - protect from the coldest weather
- Supplied as: A 15cm pot approx. 40cm tall
- 1 x 15cm Potted Tea Plant
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