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Camellia sinensis

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Tea plant is part of the Camellia genus and its scientific name is Camellia sinensis.

Tea plants can be harvested for tea leaves beginning three years after planting. Green, white, black, and oolong tea can all be made from the same tea plant depending on the method of processing and when the leaves are harvested.

Depending on the variety, tea plants can grow into trees up to 50 feet tall in tropical climates. Plants cultivated for their leaves are usually trimmed to 4 to 5 feet tall for convenient harvesting.

Tea plants produce pretty flowers and can be used ornamentally like other camellias.

The leaves of this particular variety normally show as   Fern green

It is a flower / herb that typically grows as an evergreen, which is defined as a plant that retains leaves throughout the year.

Tea plant is known for its shrub-like habit and growing to a height of approximately 3.00 metres (9.75 feet). Expect blooming to occur in mid autumn.

China is believed to be where Tea plant originates from.

Be aware that Tea plant typically needs a fair amount of maintenance and care in order to grow successfully. Ensure that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for this plant and keep an eye out for pests. Pay attention to weeding, feed and pruning schedules to ensure your plant remains in peak condition.

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How to grow Tea plant

  • Partial Sun

  • Full Sun

Some varieties/hybrids are more cold hardy then others.1

Try to plant in a location that enjoys partial sun / full sun. Use Zone 7 - Zone 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Tea plant requires a sandy soil with a ph of 4.6 - 7.5 - it grows best in moderately acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil. Keep in mind when planting that Tea plant is thought of as hardy, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures.

See our list of companion Plants for Tea plant to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Tea plant from seed

Is often propagated from cuttings to ensure genetically healthy plants and because germination from seeds is difficult. Camellia sinensis grows will in well drained acidic soil.

Transplanting Tea plant

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Tea plant is a hardy plant.

Harvesting Tea plant

The leaves are harvested every six to 14 days. Each bush produces about a quarter-pound of tea leaves a year and can continue producing for 25 to 50 years, and even up to 100 years, especially if organically grown.

After tea leaves are harvested, green tea is heated to prevent fermentation, while black tea is dried and fermented. During the fermentation process black tea loses some of its medicinal activity.

How long does Tea plant take to grow?

These estimates for how long Tea plant takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.

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Days to Germination How long does it take Tea plant to germinate?
55 days

Average 55 days | Min 31 days | Max 31 days (1)

Days to Transplant How long until I can plant out Tea plant?
+ 28 days

Average 28 days | Min days | Max days (0)

Days to Maturity How long until Tea plant is ready for harvest / bloom?
+ 1065 days

Average 1065 days | Min days | Max days (0)

Total Growing Days How long does it take to grow Tea plant?
= 1148 days

Tea plant Etymology

The word Tea comes from the Chinese word for tea, as pronounced in the Xiamen dialect.

Other names for Tea plant

True tea, China tea, Camellia

Camellia sinensis (L.) Kuntze var. assamica (J. Masters) Kitam.

Misspellings: camella sinensis, camellia sinesis

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