Grow Your Own Black, Green, and Oolong Tea Leaves

You don't need a big garden to grow your own tea; a window box on a porch would work well. Understanding the tea plant, its growth requirements, and how to harvest the leaves will allow you to enjoy homemade tea. The same plant can be used to make green, oolong, or black tea.

The tea bush is hardy to Zone 8. The United States is divided into hardiness zones with similar temperatures and weather patterns. Zone 8 includes the Midwestern and Southern states of the US. If you don't live in these areas, don't worry. You can try growing Camellia sinensis in a greenhouse or in a pot that you can bring indoors during cold winters.

The Camellia sinensis plant is a small shrub about 3 to 7 feet (1 to 2 meters) tall, although it will grow taller if left unpruned. In the fall, your tea bush will bloom with tiny white flowers that have a delicious scent. These plants are often grown as ornamentals.

For planting, Camellia sinensis likes well-drained, sandy soil that is on the acidic side. If you are going to grow your tea in a container, add some sphagnum moss to the potting mix. You will also need a little patience. Your plant should be around 3 years old before it starts to collect leaves. You can get seeds from your local nursery or try online.

We hope you enjoy this video about Growing Black, Green, and Oolong Tea Leaves:

Source: AuSable Botanicals Ltd.

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