|Latin name:||Camellia sinensis|
|Delivery type:||Delivered as plant in nursery pot|
|Guarantee:||6 months growth and flowering guarantee|
|Preferred location:||Sun, Half shadow|
|Leafs all year:||Yes|
|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.
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.