Growing Tea (camellia sinensis)

eskimobaby87(z8AL)March 17, 2006

Does anyone here know anything about growing tea? I think it's "camellia sinensis." I've read a little online about it and it seems that it would thrive in Zone 8, but I'd like to talk to someone who has actually tried it to get some tips. Thanks!


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Mary, thought I remembered reading of tea being grown commercially again in the Carolinas so googled and found a good bit of information. You may already have read it...

Also, there is a Viburnum setigerum that I had in a former garden which is not only a beautiful shrub but I understand has been used for tea, though I never tried it.

I'm curious too and will be hoping you get some one who is actually growing/using the Camellia to respond. josh

Here is a link that might be useful: Tea in Carolinas

    Bookmark   March 18, 2006 at 8:03AM
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eken9966(z8 AL)

I grew this when I lived over in Albany, GA (zone 8a). Grow it just like you would any other camellia. I never did use it for tea, just for the novelty of growing it. You can get them from Tallahassee Nursery on Thomasville Road in Tallahassee.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2006 at 7:01AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Just for your interest, I lived in coastal SC for many years and had the opportunity to visit the tea farm outside of Charleston several times. You have NEVER tasted anything like a cold glass of tea that has been brewed from leaves that are hours or days old, instead of the several months we are used to. American Classic Tea is sold all over the place and I sure do recommend it! Any other tea tastes bitter to me now ;-(

The farm is a fascinating place to visit, if you ever get the chance.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2006 at 12:38PM
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