Tea Shrub - Hardy plant

Camellia sinensis

Tea Shrub - Hardy plant

Camellia sinensis
Grow your very own tea with an original tea plant!
We can now do at home what the Chinese have been doing for centuries - grow our own tea with an original tea plant! Most black tea is made from the leaves of the Camelia sinensis, the tea plant. The Chinese started growing and brewing tea from this thousands of years ago, so how nice is it to be able to grow our very own from our own little plant! Use the real Camelia sinensis tea plant and with a bit of care and attention, you can grow your own tea too. How cool is that? Tasty and very good for you!
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Tea Shrub - Hardy plant
Tea Shrub - Hardy plant
Tea Shrub - Hardy plant
Tea Shrub - Hardy plant
Tea Shrub - Hardy plant
How we measure

From the bottom of the nursery pot to the top of the plant.

Latin name: Camellia sinensis
Delivery type: Supplied as container plant
Guarantee: 6 months growth and flowering guarantee
Color: Green,Cream
Preferred location: Sun, Half shadow
Green stayer: Yes
Leafs all year: Yes
Hardy plants: Yes
Self polinating: No
Edible: No
Naturalizing: No
Scented: Not Scented
Grafted: No
Cutting flowers: No
Flowering: March - May
Growing Height: 100 - 200 cm
Planting distance: 150 - 200 cm

These plants come in a standard nursery pot which you can just place in a pretty planter - with or without holes. Of course use a saucer if there are holes. Allow the drained off water to stand for a short while and only water again when it's all been drunk, or evaporated. A Camelia (Camelia sinensis) needs a warm spot in full sun so it can get lots of sunlight in warm summer months.
Tea plant (Camelia sinensis) on your patio or decking
If you like, you can stand this plant on your patio or decking from mid-May. Again, do make sure it doesn't dry out - keep it well watered.

Growing a tea plant (Camelai sinensis) in a container

If you have planted your Camelia in a pot move it to a frost-free area over winter - somewhere where the temperature doesn't get higher than 15° C. The buds may fall off. A pot that gets too dry, or if the micro-climate is too dry will cause flower buds to fall. Once planted, try to avoid repotting.
Tea plant (Camelia sinensis) in the garden
The tea plant can grow well in the garden. While it can indeed withstand quite some cold, your Camelia will thank you for some winter protection in severe winters.


Camelia (Camelia sinensis) likes a moist soil in an airy position. Water regularly and don't allow it to dry out. Feed regularly (fortnightly) with fertiliser for flowering plants. This plant needs fertiliser for flowering plants to encourage more bud formation. In ideal conditions, a Camelia should be in flower from March into June.
Spray the foliage regularly with rainwater to keep the leaves looking healthy, especially on warm days.

Dormant period

Your tea plant (Camelia sinensis) will survive the winter in a cool, light and airy spot. Water sparingly over the winter. An unheated bedroom would be ideal.


This plant grows wild in the mountainous regions of South East Asia. Commercial tea plantations are found especially in China. This tea bush can produce green, black and white tea. Green tea is the simplest, made from the fresh leaves. Black tea is made from the sun dried leaves that will undergo special treatment before they can be used. White tea is made from leaves dried while sheltered from the sun. Only the youngest new shoots are harvested.
The tea plant (Camelia sinensis) is classified under Theaceae.


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