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Homegrown Tea, Organically-Made
One of the hardiest tea varieties available, the organic Cold Hardy Tea Plant is a prime pick for harvesting your own tea leaves, right from your backyard. It boasts narrow, smaller leaves, which are favored for preparing oolong, white, black and green teas – some of the most popular variations available.
And you’ll only need a few Cold Hardy Tea Plants to curate a lifetime of deliciously fresh, pure tea. Though your tea plant(s) need a bit of time to get established before harvest, you’ll be able to pick leaves after 2 or 3 years. By the fifth year, a single Cold Hardy Tea Plant should yield an exceptionally large number of leaves.
The Cold Hardy Tea Plant is adaptable and long-lived, able to grow to a huge, shrub-like size if left unchecked. For best tea production, keep your Cold Hardy Tea Plant pruned to about 3 or 4 feet for easy harvesting – it will continuously produce fresh, new stems with proper care.
Untreated tea leaves, fresh from your garden. The tea leaves from the organic Cold Hardy Tea Plant are totally healthful, with plenty of phytochemicals and antioxidants. Best of all, this special variety is healthfully and organically-grown, so harsh chemicals are unnecessary. Your favorite tea without pesticides? Just a click away.
Plus, the Cold Hardy Tea Plant is an eye-catching hedge, complemented by a smattering of freshly fragrant florals. During the fall and winter, diminutive white blooms fill the area with an aromatic, luxuriant scent for a wonderfully welcoming air.
Even better, because the Cold Hardy Tea Plant can produce for more than 100 years, you’ll save a great deal of money on store-bought tea leaves and get an even higher quality yield. Simply pluck your tea leaves and dry for fresh use or storage. Health-conscious, cash-conscious and curb appeal-conscious – the Cold Hardy Tea Plant is a versatile botanical. Order yours today!
Planting & Care
Location: Your tea plant will be happiest in a full to partial sun location. If possible, try to put it in a spot where it will be protected from strong winds. Space multiple plants at least three feet apart from one another. Tea plants enjoy moist, well-draining, acidic soil (ph range of 6-6.5 or lower).
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.
Fertilizing: During active growth in spring and summer, apply 1/2 lb. of a slow-release, complete fertilizer every two months or as the packaging suggests.
Pruning: 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: The youngest leaves on your tea plant tend to make the best tea. The youngest is 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 scorching 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.
Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.
|Amount of Order||Shipping Charge|
|Less than $125||$19.95|
|$125 +||FREE SHIPPING!|
|Mature Height:||6-15 ft.|
|Mature Width:||4-8 ft.|
|Botanical Name:||Camellia sinensis var. sinensis|
|Does Not Ship To:||AZ,OR,TN,TX|
|Grows Well In Zones:||4-11 patio / 7-9 outdoors|
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