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Camellia Sinensis in a cream pail
Camellia Sinensis in a cream pail
Tea Plants
Close up of Camellia Sinensis tea plant

Tea Plant

£20.00 exc delivery

Grown your own tea with these fabulous hardy tea plants. Camellia Sinensis is the evergreen plant from which we get tea leaves and as well as producing fragrant leaves they also have pretty winter flowers.

Process the leaves to make your own delicious green tea at home, or experiment with drying the leaves for a more traditional cuppa! This weeks plants are strong young saplings similar to pictured.

30-40cm tall in a 1.5L pot

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Looking after your Tea Plant
These instructions are sent with the plant gift
Tea plants are members of the Camellia family and are really outdoor plants, but when they are young they make decorative pot plants in a cool room. Tea plants are quite slow growing, but eventually they can reach heights of 2 metres
While the plant is indoors, keep it as cool as you can and make sure there is plenty of natural light but not direct sunlight. An East or West facing window is ideal. Outdoors your plants will do well in pots on a sheltered patio or in a partially shaded spot. Tea plants are hardy but whilst young they should be protected from severe frosts particularly when in a pot.
Tea plants produce small fragrant flowers in winter and dark glossy leaves year round.To develop a more ‘bushy’ shape you may wish to pinch out the top few leaves every now and then.
Once you have a sizable bush the leaves can be harvested fresh to make green tea or dried to make traditional or ‘brown’ tea.

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Tea for Two
Camelia Sinensis
A member of the Camelia family the 'Tea Plant' suprisingly enough is named after the drink that it's leaves make. 'Sinensis' is latin for 'Chinese' and Chinese tea plants are used to produce some of the most popular teas.
Neat dark green foliage and tiny white flowers in early summer
Tea Plants are quite slow growing but they can grow up to 3m high and produce heavy crops of the savoury leaves they are famous for. They are hardy and although they need some protection when young can be grown outside in the UK.
Tea has been drunk in China as a medicine since 2500BC and was introduced to Japan from there and finally to Europe in the 17th Century where Britain began it's love affair with Afternoon Tea. Normally the buds and the top 2 or 3 youngest leaves are harvested for tea making, they are then processed in various ways to produce either green, black or oolong tea.
Season: Jul to Jul
Green Tea is the easiest to make at home, the young leaves are picked, steamed, rolled and then used fresh or dried in a strainer to produce a delicous refreshing drink. To produce a more traditional tea, the leaves should be brusied and then allowed to oxidise in the sun (until they turn black) and then steamed, rolled and dried.
Further information available at http://www.toppersteas.co.uk/

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" Hello, a note to say thank you for my Tea Plant that arrived safely and in great condition in a well packed box. The care instructions are really useful too. Please feel free to use as a review on your website. A happy customer! " C G - July 2015
" Just to let you know my parcel has arrived safely. Many thanks to you all " A R - December 2014
" Received two plants from you yesterday as a birthday present, and just wanted say how exceptionally well they were packed, and they were in superb condition. Shows it can be done - last time I ordered plants, from a famous horticultural company, they came so nearly dead it took weeks to resuscitate them. " F B - May 2014
" Just to let you know, I received the replacement plant today.I'm so pleased with the lovely way that it was presented inside the box - a perfect present. " S B - December 2013
" I write to say a big thank you for the Camellia Sinensis I received today...A beautiful plant in a carefully wrapped and boxed package with nicely presented Card and Information about caring for the new plant. I am extremely happy with this item and will recommend your Plant Nursery to my family and friends. " Tim Love - December 2013
" I received the plant and was amazed and delighted at the way it was packaged - hope to use you again " Irma A. - July 2012
" I would just like to say that last year my husband ordered a tea plant from you for my birthday. The little plant was delayed and,..., you let my husband know, and you very generously sent TWO tea plants to make up for the delay!It is nice to know that there are still companies who offer excellent service and take care over every aspect of the order. Well done! " Jo O. - March 2012
" Just a note to say that the plants were received safely. We were very impressed with the care taken in packing, which is the best we have ever seen. It is nice to know that there are still companies who offer excellent service and take care over every aspect of the order. Well done! " Dr L F. - May 2011
" Delighted with the Tea plant that I ordered for my husband this Christmas - great specimen, in sturdy packaing delivered as requested. Well Done! " Helen W. - December 2010