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    Cold Hardy Tea Plant for Sale

    Cold Hardy Tea Plant for Sale

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Cold Hardy Tea Plant

Camellia sinensis var. sinensis f. macrophylla.

$19.95 (10% Off)

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-t- Planting Mix
Cold Hardy Tea Plant Planting Mix

Helps your Cold Hardy Tea Plant get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. 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. 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.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ 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 needed nutrition.

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

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer
Add A Decorative Pot

Growing Zones: 7-9
(hardy down to 10℉)

Growing Zones 7-9
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

10-15 ft.

Mature Width:

10-15 ft.


Full Sun


4-5 ft.

Growth Rate:


Drought Tolerance:


Botanical Name:

Camellia sinensis var. sinensis f. macrophylla.

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Grow Your Own Tea Organically

Grow your own hardy Cold Hardy tea plants to enjoy truly superior tea! This is a descendent of the original tea plant, first used in China thousands of years ago for medicinal purposes, and one of the hardiest of all the Camellia sinensis, with smaller, narrower leaves especially favored for making green and oolong tea. Freshly made tea is far superior to tea stored for even a few months, and you can enjoy unmatched flavor and freshness by growing your own and using age-old and simple techniques (see the instructions below) to grow and process your own tea! They take well to pot culture, so people in colder areas can grow their own tea, too, and bring the plants indoors for the winter.

A few plants will supply you with a lifetime of delicious tea, fresh and as pure as possible! Though tea plants need some time to become established before being harvested, you can start picking some leaves after 2 or 3 years, and by 5 years, a single plant should yield enough to fill all your tea-drinking needs. If you want to grow for several people, allow one plant per person, and you'll never need to buy tea again! The tea plant is very long-lived (one ancient specimen is over 1700 years old!!) and will grow to a very large shrub if left on its own. To use it for tea production, which uses only the new growth at stem tips, you will want to keep it pruned to about 3 or 4 feet to make it easy to harvest, and to keep it producing fresh new stems.

When you grow it yourself, you know your tea is pure and healthy! In today's world, the best way to have peace of mind that no chemicals or pesticides are used on your food is to grow it yourself! This lets you enjoy all the delicious flavor of tea, as wholesome and pure as you can make it. Using fresh, untreated leaves also lets you enjoy to the maximum the numerous possible health benefits from the phytochemicals and antioxidants contained in your tea. It makes an attractive hedge, with deliciously fragrant flowers. If you are growing for several people, a hedge is a great way to grow your plants. And, in fall and winter, you'll have the added bonus, of small white flowers that will perfume the area with their delicious fragrance!

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.

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Customer Reviews

4.3 / 5.0
28 Reviews
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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!
January 1, 2013
over 4 years ago
Growing Zone:
Doing well
I have mine in a plant indoors and it seems to be doing well so far!!
October 9, 2014
Mahwah, NJ
over 3 years ago
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.
January 6, 2015
over 3 years ago
Growing Zone:
Great tea plant - arrived well packaged. It is doing well on our front porch in Georgia!
November 9, 2014
Atlanta, GA
over 3 years ago
tea trees
3 gal plant is beautiful , is healthy looks great. The one gal trees didnt do as well but are starting to come around
July 25, 2015
over 2 years ago
Though it's only been here and out of the box for less than a week, it is already sprouting new leaves.
July 20, 2016
Dade City , FL
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
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.
February 5, 2015
over 3 years ago
5 stars for this plant
I just purchased this plant in 3/2016 and there is already new growth all over this shrub. Looks like I will be enjoying it for years to come, highly recommend this plant and this Nursery!
May 8, 2016
Greenville, NC
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
Cold hardy tea plant
I am so happy to have found this company! So many unusual and challenging (in a fun way) species of trees!
July 29, 2015
over 2 years ago
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The tea plant had a slow start. But after we give it 6 to8 hours of it has really started growing good. We love our Co hardyt plant can't wait to get another one
July 24, 2015
over 3 years ago

Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Cold Hardy Tea Plant

Cold Hardy Tea Plant Planting Diretions

The tea plant (or Camellia sinensis) has been used for centuries for its health benefits regardless of the tea color. The drink is also known for its incredible antioxidants, caffeine boost, nutrients and other medicinal compounds. It's hard to say just how long people have enjoyed tea for its health benefits but what can be confirmed is that it has been used as a beverage for over 5,000 years! The leaves of the plant are what primarily make up the beverage and is typically green, white, black or Oolong in appearance. Typically grown outdoors in USDA growing zones 6-9, a tea plant can also be successfully grown in a container to enjoy your favorite hot beverage year round.


Choosing a location: Your tea plant will be happiest in a full to partial sun location. If possible, try to put it in a spot that it will be protected from strong winds. Space multiple plants at least three feet apart from one another. Tea plants enjoy a moist, well draining, acidic soil (ph range of 6-6.5 or lower).


Planting directions (in ground):
1) An acidic soil is best for the tea plant and using soil meant for rhododendrons will help maintain a happy tea plant.
2) Make your hole twice the size of the root ball and just as deep.
3) The rhododendron soil is ideal for the back filling of the hole which will introduce some acidity for the tea plant.
4) Spread a 2-3 inch layer of mulch around the base of the bush to help retain moisture while simultaneously combating competing weeds from growing.


Planting directions (potted):
1) Select a pot with good drainage that is about twice the size of the root ball. Drainage is important as tea plants hate to have "wet feet."
2) Use a well draining, acidic soil to fill the bottom third of the pot, and center your new tea plant. Carefully fill the soil in around the root system and be sure to leave the root crown (where the root ball meets the trunk) just above the soil surface.
3) Bright, indirect light is the best location for your newly potted tea plant with a steady temperature of about 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
*Tip: To encourage blooming on the bush, change the surrounding temperature to a window of 45-55 degrees Fahrenheit after the buds begin to appear in winter season.
4) As the bush grows it will need periodic repotting. Typically once every 2-3 years (or as needed) the roots will outgrow the pot, so move up to a slightly larger container and be sure to trim the roots so they fit proportionately.


Watering: Your tea plant will require at least one weekly watering (mulch helps retain moisture so be sure to spread a good 2-3 inch layer around the base). Keep an eye on the area during the hot season as you might need to move up to a dual watering weekly. Try to avoid doing a "rain down" style of watering as this can promote fungal issues.


For potted tea plants, wait until the top 2-4 inches of the soil become dry before any additional watering. Only water enough to where you see it escaping the drainage holes and stop. Do not allow the pot to sit in water.


Fertilizing: For the first year, during active growing in spring and summer, apply a 1/2 lb. of a slow release, complete fertilizer every two months. For each following year, add an additional 1/2 lb. to each application. Broadcast the fertilizer around the base of the tree at least six inches from the base of the tree to avoid root burn and then water thoroughly.


From spring to the fall season, use a liquid, acidic fertilizer every three weeks on your potted tea plant. For the best results, dilute the formula to half the strength of the recommended amount.


Pruning: Once your tea plant gets to be around 5 feet tall, prune back the bush in the early spring season. Always make your cuts at a 45 degree angle with sterilized clippers. Rubbing alcohol and boiling water are easy ways to sterilize your tool(s). Cut back the top growth to about 3-4 feet tall. Always remove any damaged, dead or crowded branches to maintain the shape and size of the plant.


Potted tea plants should be pruned back yearly after the blooming period. Just like the in-ground tea plant, be sure to remove dead, damaged, or crowded branches. Cut the stem back towards the base of the bush. You can cut individual branches to just past a leaf node or bud.

Harvesting: It is recommended to let your tea bush grow for a couple of years before harvesting the leaves for brewing. The youngest leaves on your tea plant tend to make the best tea. The youngest are typically the last few leaves and the bud. Set the leaves to dry out of the sun for about 2 hours and then pan heat or steam to stop the leaf’s oxidation. Try to keep the heat fairly high during this process (500 degrees fahrenheit) for about 15 minutes while continuously shaking and/or stirring to prevent scorch or burning. Leaves can now be dried in the oven or in a dehydrator, stored in an airtight container and left in a cool dry area for storage.

Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
wanted to send my daughter something different
Anita B on Feb 3, 2018
Been wanting to grow my own teas for awhile, now we get to try.
Becky P on Jan 10, 2018
wanted to send my daughter something different
Anita B on Feb 3, 2018
Just to try making my own tea
Kay H on Feb 3, 2018
Been wanting to grow my own teas for awhile, now we get to try.
Becky P on Jan 10, 2018
My wife wanted it.
Tim I on Dec 16, 2017
My brother drinks green tea and I thought it would make the perfect Christmas gift.
Michael H on Dec 15, 2017
No local nurseries have C. sinensis in their inventory. I practice J. Tea ceremony and having my own tea plants will enrichen my practice and beautify my yard.
Tim J on Dec 11, 2017
Gudrun C on Nov 28, 2017
Green tea is very good for my health.
Duy P on Nov 13, 2017
Just to have my own tea at home
RENEE R on Nov 11, 2017
My wife love tea more then coffee she stop drinking coffee now it tea time and I love tea but love my cafe more
Ricardo R on Nov 10, 2017
Wanted a little bit bigger tea tree to grow along with coffee plant
John K on Oct 31, 2017
I love tea, especially come winter.
J. B on Oct 28, 2017
My sister attended a master gardener class and learned so much about this plant. Very interesting; I like new things, and I am anxious to be able to have my own tea whenever I choose and however I choose.
Donna P on Oct 26, 2017
I like tea
Thomas S on Sep 25, 2017
Always wanted to have a tea plant from which I could dry and steep my very own tea leaves, I can't wait to get started. I miss my soursop leaf tea from the islands since I moved away so I am hoping this tea is a good replacement option.
Juliana A H on Aug 5, 2017
Present for a tea lover.
Andrew S on Jul 20, 2017
I want to start enjoying tea I grow in my own backyard
Stephanie A on Jul 14, 2017
Always wanted to try my own tea plant
Mary A on Jun 30, 2017
Curious about flavor of tea.
Rohel Leah T on Jun 21, 2017
Imy going for an edible garden
Matt E on May 13, 2017
I just love tea, and wanted to try growing my own.
Janine L on May 9, 2017
"Fresh tea at your disposal is a really really special way to start your day !" - @L2H2O
Branden R on Apr 26, 2017
I love tea and want to grow my own.
Peter R on Apr 24, 2017
I want to grow my own tea.
Ly L on Apr 18, 2017
Wanted to grow my own tea
wilibaldo i on Mar 30, 2017
Love Tea!
Winifer H on Mar 11, 2017
We drink a lot of tea
Desha T on Feb 26, 2017
My husband and I drink a lot of tea so I wanted to try growing it ourselves.
Georgette B on Feb 25, 2017
I wanted to make my own tea :). These plants grow well where I live (zone 9, Louisiana) .
cathy w on Feb 5, 2017
why not to give this crazy idea a try?
Sergey M on Feb 4, 2017
To produce our own tea and to have a flowering plant that honey bees may like.
Joseph T on Dec 7, 2016
To plant in my organic tea farm I am starting~
Beth H on Dec 6, 2016
To qualify for free shipping and to give as a gift
Felicity G on Nov 27, 2016
Wanted a fresh and local supply of tea.
Damon S on Oct 9, 2016
Good source and great feedback
THANH N on Sep 28, 2016
Seems like a cool thing to grow my own tea!!! Hand rolling each leaf.
michael k on Sep 9, 2016
Grows in my zone.
Sandra B on Sep 8, 2016
I bought these Camellias because number one the flowers are beautiful and number two I want to make my own tea I love tea it is my favorite drink I want to learn how to make it and enjoy it. I'm not done buying blueberries and mint and so much more make for wonderful teas... and while you're at it don't forget to choose the purple coneflower - echinacea - a medicinal tea
Vicki M on Sep 5, 2016
looked like a fun plant for my yard
charles s on Sep 2, 2016
I want healthy home grown tea and not have to worry about what was sprayed on it for my family
Nilsa S on Aug 28, 2016
Love tea and want to try growing my own.
Judith M on Aug 27, 2016
Saw how to grow on line from this site
Fred V on Aug 22, 2016
Interested in tea growing process.
William R on Aug 22, 2016
I am very interested in this plant. I am not a big tea drinker but thought this would be a great addition to my patio in a container pot while allowing me to provide fresh tea for my guests and family. I am also thinking about sending this plant to my family as a gift and wanted to see it for myself.
Tina M on Aug 16, 2016
I love tea and want to try my hand at growing my own supply.
Cynthia Campbell C on Aug 14, 2016
I would like to grow my own tea
Tim C on Jul 23, 2016
want to grow my own tea//
Denise D on Jul 18, 2016
I wanted to try growing my own tea, and chose the 3-gallon size so that I would get enough tea to actually drink it sooner. Plant did not survive.
Susan M on Jul 12, 2016
I want to drink fesh tea .
Tien L on Jun 28, 2016
I am drinking processed coffee now, so why not drinking my own tea from my own garden, especially when tea is good for you.
Tam C on Jun 21, 2016
Just to try making my own tea
Kay H on Feb 3, 2018
My wife wanted it.
Tim I on Dec 16, 2017
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.
Do you sell Camellia sinensis var. sinensis?
Linda N on Aug 17, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes, we sell the C. sinensis var. sinensis f. macrophylla. It is a slightly larger-leaved form of the Chinese tea plant, and comes fromt eh Chines tradition rather than the Indian Assam ttradition.
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.
how big around does this plant git?
matthew n on May 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: If left unpruned, it will grow about 10-15 feet wide.
Can you list the botanical name of the tea plant? I don't see it listed.
Michelle N on Apr 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Camellia sinensis var. sinensis f. macrophylla. It is a slightly larger-leaved version of the tea plant used in the Chinese tradition, not the Indian Assam tradition.
What kind of type soil should I use?
Chae E on Oct 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They prefer to have acidic soil.
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.
Can they be left in a pot and do they grow well inside the house or in a green house?
vicki on Sep 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: They grow good in pots, mine is two years old and healthy in a pot. You can grow the plant inside if it is next to a sunny window. Tea loves the greenhouse.
Is this evergreen?
Kathryn F on Apr 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes! This plant has dark green foliage year round.
what month in the year is the best time to plan this Tea plant ? Does this plant become bare in Winter ?
An A on Sep 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Spring, summer and fall are all great times to plant this bush. The Cold Hardy Tea plant is an evergreen so it will keeps its leaves year round.
I live in zone 5b. Can I grow indoors?
dwoods on Oct 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can grow them indoors.
Why does it say I need to wait 2-3 years before harvesting leaves? Will it hurt the plant? If I get the 3 gal, can I harvest sooner?
Strawhatsheik on May 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: the plants need time to put on growth. mine is 3 years and i just picked my first leaves . on two plants i got about a double hand full. plants are about 3 feet high
Can you plant in the container?
Chae E on Oct 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I planted my three gal in a large decorative planter by my door for easy harvest. Just make sure you give it enough room to grow. I doubled my pot size for this season.
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.
I have a large basement. Can this plant grow in a large pot with an
LED grow light (red and blue wavelengths combined)? What wattage does it need?
Helen S on Feb 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: An 800 watt fluorescent tube light or a 400 watt hid lamp would work well.
Any verifiable success in NC? curious...
Ashley C on Jun 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Hi, I'm in Mississippi and the tea plant is doing fine. It has bloomed and grown some. I'm waiting for it to grow a little more before I harvest and try to make tea leaves.
How about white tea? Same plant? How is it made?
Marguerite P on Mar 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: White tea is made from very young leaves picked in early spring. Green tea leaves are picked later.
can a tea tree be planted in a container ?... and is inside or outside best for growing zone 8?
S U on Nov 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I live in zone 6a and I bring mine in for the winter and it does great!
Can a tea plant be grown and maintained in a container in a greenhouse?
Susan R on Jul 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they take well to growing in pots in greenhouses.
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!
I live on the border of zone 9b and 10a. Do you have any tips for keeping this plant happy?
F O on Jul 7, 2017

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