I have a new year Camellia Sinensis, tea plant, hasn't bloomed or showed a lot of growth, woody and not at all bushy, but it has grown some.
Does anyone know how long it will take to see a bloom. Some do the first year, some the second, and some the third. Some say don't pick the leaves until the 2nd year, some the 3rd, and some the 5th.
I'm propagating mine as cuttings, so some of the leaves were picked from the bottom of the cuttings to soak in water and day later, put in dirt. I made a very greeny tasting tea out of them, not exactly like the green tea you buy, but a more grassy taste. Obviously the plant isn't ready for that, but I would have just thrown them in the garbage or compost them.
Does anyone have any experience with tea plants? When did you first harvest, how bushy does the tree get, is it supposed to be bare with a few leaves one each branch the first year, when did you see a first flower?
Thanks ahead of time!