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Cold Hardy Tea Plant

Cold Hardy Tea Plant

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This is one of my absolute favorite plants. Fresh tea is healthier and you will be surprised at how much better it tastes. Grow several bushes so you never run out.

Cold Hardy Tea Plant

Grow Your Own Tea Organically

Size: 3 Gallon

9 left in stock
Ships this Mon, Jul 6
List: $129.90
Sale: $64.95
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Size: 1 Gallon

Ships this Mon, Jul 6
List: $79.90
Sale: $39.95
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Planting Mix
Planting Mix

Helps your Cold Hardy Tea Plant get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Specially developed for plants that need a low pH. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels for acid loving plants. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Soil Contents
Sale: $6.99
Transplant Fertilizer
DIEHARD™ Transplant - 2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using DIEHARD™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much need nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 oz. Per Gallon Size Container
1 oz. Per Ft. High Bare Root Plant

DIEHARD Transplant
Sale: $5.95

• Produces white, black and green tea
• Continual supply of fresh, antioxidant-rich tea
• Cold Hardy to 0F
• Leaves can be easily dried in your own kitchen and stored all year round

Is your healthy cup of tea loaded with Pesticides? The studies on this are frightening.

It's reported that pesticides that have been banned in the US and EU, are commonly being used by tea-growers overseas. Since most tea leaves are not washed, pesticides and other toxins go directly into your cup. Plus many of the brands we think are healthiest, could be the worst offenders.

Tea is one of the Easiest plants you will ever grow. Outside of large commercial plantations... they are seldom bothered by insects or other problems. So you can grow them organically without the need for harmful chemicals. You can even grow them indoors if you live in a cold climate!

If you live in zone 6 or higher, plant several outside your home. They make attractive flowering shrubs. If you live in the north... you can easily bring your tea plants inside for the winter. Put them near a window for an attractive house plant. You will love the fragrant flowers.

Tea plants like full sun to partial shade. They prefer a well-draining soil, rich with organic matter.

Save thousands of dollars! A few plants will pay for themselves in as little as one month! After that it's Free Tea for you, your kids, your grand kids and their kids lives... because tea plants will produce for over 100 years.

Just snip off the leaves and dry. Use them fresh or store them. Some people like to grow extra to give away as healthy gifts.

Go ahead and order your tea plants now, while this year's crop is still available. You will start saving money; stop ingesting chemicals and enjoy a better tasting, healthier tea.

Growing Zones: 7-9

Mature Height: 10-15 ft.
Mature Width: 10-15 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Camellia sinensis
Does not ship to: AZ, TN, TX
Growing Zones 7-9
This plant is recommended for zones: 7-9
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It's Easy to Plant your Cold Hardy Tea Plant

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Cold Hardy Tea Plant.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Cold Hardy Tea Plant gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Cold Hardy Tea Plant again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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This plant is great! I have saved hundreds of dollars growing my own tea. Their really is nothing like a fresh cup of tea. I will definitely be buying a third tea plant!
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December 31, 2012
1 year ago
Growth Rate
The Plants are still going even after a few days of freeze
No doubt growing your own Tea plant would be a cool thing to do. I ordered two plants, and placed them in different locations in the yard to give a higher chance of survival. I ordered last summer, and now January 6th, they are doing fine despite a very cold week, even freezing temperatures over-night. We live in San Diego, so the days warm up nicely. My negative comment is that Fast-Growing-Trees could have saved a lot of money by not shipping these plants IN DIRT. The weight alone cost me way more than was necessary. There are other lighter mediums and ways to ship these plants so that a customer does not have to endure the high cost of shipping. Being in the agriculture business for 25 years, and shipping and receiving product; I was a little shocked they sent me plants in WET DIRT. Besides that I am satisfied.
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January 6, 2015
8 months ago
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Doing well
I have mine in a plant indoors and it seems to be doing well so far!!
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October 9, 2014
Mahwah, NJ, US
11 months ago
Growth Rate
Great tea plant - arrived well packaged. It is doing well on our front porch in Georgia!
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November 9, 2014
Atlanta, GA, US
10 months ago
Growth Rate
New to tea
I planted my tea plant in the fall. (Not ideal). It seems to holding up after cold snaps. I tried to cover it up when I thought a freeze was coming, but I missed it once or twice. My plant doesn't seem to have suffered. We will see how it is in the spring.
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February 5, 2015
7 months ago
Poor little Camellia Sinensis
Sadly, the tea plant doesn't appear to have survived the trip. He was well packed and arrived in a timely manner; but, just couldn't handle the stress. I want to try again in the Spring when the weather is more clement because I am really looking forward to growing this most interesting plant in my garden.
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November 17, 2014
10 months ago
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How old is this one gallon tea
shoyt on Oct 27, 2014
Do you sell Camellia sinensis var. sinensis?
Linda N on Aug 17, 2014
How can one plant create three different types of tea (black, white and green)? and also, What do you mean by fruit? (I though tea is made of leaves or flowers)
Ericka on Dec 5, 2014
Best Answer: Tea is made from the leaves of this bush. Usually the young leaves and buds of the plant are used. All types of tea come from the same leaves, how the leaves are processed and dried after picking is what makes it black, green or oolong tea. Green tea comes from very young leaves that are wilted or steamed and then dried. Black tea usually uses more mature leaves and they are slightly crushed and then roasted or baked to fully oxidize the leaves. Oolong is made by multiple roastings and very slow drying and aging. It is the most complex tea in flavor and processing.
Reply · Report · Phillip H on Jan 6, 2015
Are your tea plants grown organically? Chemical free? What pesticides are used, if any?
K B on Mar 11, 2015
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why can't tea trees be shipped to texas?
cindy w on Jun 19, 2014
Best Answer: Texas has agricultural laws put in place that prevent us from legally shipping the Cameilla Sinenis there.
Reply (1) · Report · Allison BStaff on Jun 25, 2014
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What about humidity during the over-wintering inside?
Marina H on Aug 11, 2014
Best Answer: It can survive through winters if you plan it in a big pot and bring in door. My mom was able to make some green tea from fresh leaves during winter. It we love this plan. Very healthy and produces good tea leaves, beautiful white flowers.
Reply · Report · huong v on Aug 12, 2014
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how big around does this plant git?
matthew n on May 14, 2015
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Can you list the botanical name of the tea plant? I don't see it listed.
Michelle N on Apr 1, 2015
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I live in zone seven can I still plant tea tree outside safely?
dawn k on Sep 27, 2014
Best Answer: Tea plants prefer a rich and moist growing location in full to part sun, and can be grown in USDA climate zones 7 - 9. I would protect them if your area gets frost, since they are subtropical. Good luck! Mine just sat there year one but is beginning to really take off now in year two.
Reply · Report · Suzanne N on Sep 28, 2014
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Do you sell camellia sinensis var. assamica? Thank you.
Stephen N on Jun 2, 2014
Best Answer: You keep them warm in the winter. Anything below 50 and it hurts them so bring them indoors. But we do enjoy our tea
Reply · Report · Barry H on Jun 3, 2014
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Is this evergreen?
Kathryn F on Apr 21, 2015
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can you grow these indoors?
Leslie S on Oct 11, 2014
Best Answer: Yes. I've grown mine inside for almost one year. I live in NJ zone 6.
Reply · Report · Steve S on Oct 11, 2014
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what type of cultivar?
Chirz on Jun 25, 2015
Best Answer: It is Camellia sinensis var. sinenesis f. macrophylla. There is some disagreement about its Latin name amongst the botanical nomenclature folk, but it definitely comes from the Chinese tradition, rather than the more modern tea production of India. It is a small- or narrow-leaf Chinese tea plant with a slightly larger leaf (if that makes sense!). Hope this tells you what you want to know!
Reply · Report · KarenStaff on Jul 2, 2015
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Will it survive in New Jersey? I am in zone 7. Thanks.
Ann W on Jun 12, 2015
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prefer to be potted
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Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.

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Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.

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