Tea Plants

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Where can I obtain tea plants or seeds (Camellia sinensis) to grow in my garden?

-- Neil Hubbard (nehubbard@ucdavis.edu), June 20, 2001


I wish I had an answer to your tea plant question, I was wanting to grow some myself. If you find a source for tea plants I would also be interested. Thanks, Brian Fletcher bfletch@mindspring.com

-- Brian Fletcher (bfletch@mindspring.com), September 19, 2001.

Me too! I would like to grow tea, please let me know if you found a source of seeds or plants. Muchas gracias from Puerto Rico

-- rita muzik (muzik@caribe.net), November 21, 2001.

Try Shepherd's Garden Seeds (www.shepherdseeds.com). I bought a Camellia sinensis plant from them in the summer (2001). The plant is healthy and doing well, it is on my desk right now :) I paid ~$20 for it.

This was the ONLY place I found that sold Camellia sinensis plants. Before finding their I'd looked for a couple years for tea plants....

Good luck!

-- Brent (bmundy@brentmundy.com), January 14, 2002.

http://www.raingardens.com/seedpage/herbseed.htm $7.65 per, min 4 plants. usual shipping etc.

-- tac (v3445@yahoo.com), February 10, 2002.

www.camforest.com seems to sell a lot of nice camellias, including camellia sinensis (tea). They offer a few varieties from korea, china, japan. I haven't ordered anything from them yet but plan to soon.

-- bryan kolaczkowski (bkolaczk@gladstone.uoregon.edu), April 01, 2002.

I live on the original Charleston Tea Farm (SC) in Summerville. The tea farm orignated in the late 1800's and was a working farm until the 1930's. My home is located on what was the main tea plant field. I have several rows of tea on my current property, which is the only property in the area that still has live plants remaining. If you would like to purchase tea plants or seedlings, please contact me via email. Thank you. Mike Taylor

-- Mike Taylor (beantown6@msn.com), April 16, 2002.

I have tried all of the above sources and cannot seem to find any green tea plants. Cam forest has them but not until next oct or nov. If any one has any better luck, please let me know. I have spent hours searching the net with no luck!

-- Randy Ford MV, California (randy@awcs.net), May 28, 2002.

Try www.nicholsgardennursery.com They have two varieties and claim to ship all year long. Also, I believe green tea is from the same plant as other teas. My understanding is that the green tea is unfermented vs other teas which require multiple fermentation/drying/cooking steps.

-- Brian Lind (brlind12345@hotmail.com), June 05, 2002.

Also try: http://www.raintreenursery.com/catalog/producttype.cfm?producttype=tea They have two varieties of tea plants.

-- Brian Lind (brlind12345@hotmail.com), June 07, 2002.

liveherbnursery.com 155 elm forest loop cedar creek tx 78612 they claim to sell live tea plants (camellia sinensis) for $10. they have a 4 plant ordering min. good luck.

-- steve fleischfersser (fleischfresser@yahoo.com), January 02, 2003.

You can find great tea plants at Camellia Forest Nursey in North Carolina. They ship and you can get 2-3 feet, 2 year old plants for $30. website: www.camforest.com

-- Eli Bildner (teli122@yahoo.com), January 08, 2003.

Nuccios Nursery in Altadena, CA has Camellia sinensis. There is a recipe for making green tea at the Camellia Forest Nursery site.

-- Kathleen Hall (kshall@aol.com), January 12, 2003.

I am the master of tea, Muki-wa. All of you are fools, you must obey me or I will destroy all Tea Plants and you will die from loss of tea. Now go and grow more tea, soon I shall cast a herbal empire among Earth.

-- Lip Ton Tea (TeaBoy87@hotmail.com), January 12, 2003.

Tea Plants are listed for sale from Camellia Forest Nursery located in Chapel Hill,NC. They have an online site www.camforest.com ,Also E- mail at camforest@aol.com

-- Russ Baluk (Baluk@jps.net), January 18, 2003.

I wanted to know about getting my own tea seeds to grow my own tea plants so i could stop buying tea for a while? can you give me some good information on this please?

-- RODNEY ANTHONY WILLIAMS (shogun@assasin.com), January 29, 2003.

This is the only site I have found so far. http://liveherbnursery.com/teacamelliasinensis.html

-- stephanie (s_spragg@yahoo.com), March 29, 2003.

Hi, We are a company based in the Darjeeling Himalayas. We can get you Camellia sinensis seeds or plants. For further information kindly contact us ( contact address and numbers below).

Best wishes Satyam C. Pradhan Himalayan Orchid Exports P.P. Box no. 4 Kalimpong-734301 Dist Darjeeling West Bengal India Tel + 91 3552 274505 Tel/ Fax+ 91 3553 274474 e-mail hoe@sify.com

-- Satyam Pradhan (hoe@sify.com), April 16, 2003.

Hi, I live on Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, Canada. I'm interested in growing tea plants. I would like to know where I can purchase, seeds to grow in my garden.

-- Maegen Boutilier (maggiemugs@hotmail.com), April 30, 2003.

Yes I would like to know where i can get tea plants as well. Does anyone know of a place in Canada that sells them or that ships COD (I don't do credit cards)? I am new to this gardening thing but so far so good, I love it! I had this thought, I want to grow a tea garden. I live in BC Canada does anyone know of any good plants or teas?

-- angela Robinson (okor@okanagan.net), May 09, 2003.

My friend has alot of plants in his back yard, and he knows one of them is tea, but he does not know what it looks like can anyone help?

-- Janet Nicoson-McMullen (JLNM4357@aol.com), June 26, 2003.

www.ritchers.com has tea plants available, it's a canadian herb company, I think it ships to the US as well

-- Kay Bialkowska (fairyelf@hotmail.com), July 22, 2003.

A canadian herb company, www.richters.com has camellia sinensis plants (and seeds I think) for sale. I believe they also ship to the US (if my earlier post got through, I typo'd the company's web address)

-- Kay Bialkowska (fairyelf@hotmail.com), July 22, 2003.

I ordered tea plants from Richters in Canada. Two of them were dead when they arrived and one was very small (two - three inches) but it survived our wet(New York) summer and has grown to about six inches. It may be better to purchase larger plants. Does anyone have a strain of tea that will take cold winters? How about any books to study that would help me get a small tea farm growing? Thanks. Oh, by the way - I don't mean to disparage Richters - I use them a lot for hard to find medicinals but have more luck when I buy seed from them.

-- Joan Chambers (eeijoan@optonline.net), September 17, 2003.

Hello, I am Linda Lee from Yuan Mao Gardening Co.,Ltd in China, I am looking for many kinds of Camellia, if you can supply them to me please contact with me ASAP.

Thanks and best regards,

-- Linda Lee (pinklindalee@yahoo.com), December 12, 2003.

Does anyone know of any cold hardy var. tea plants ( camellia sinensis) that would work in Ohio? Thanks for your help.

-- Randy (Xstang@logan.net), January 04, 2004.

I have done some research on tea and tea plants (camellia sinensis). I have found some information about green/black/orange-peokeo tea. The difference between the teas are the way that they are dried. Green tea is dried green, Black tea is brused to make it turn black and then dried and ornage-peokeo tea is ferminted with a fungus and then dried. The only place that I have found for sure that sells the tea plants is www.liveherbnursery.com

-- L. Wardell (littlestclarinet@yahoo.com), March 20, 2004.

No answer here, but has anyone identified a tea supplier who's variety will withstand more Northern climes? Such as Southern PA- Zone 6? I would try camforest, but don't want them to die off in the first winter at $30+ a piece. Thanks for any experiences out there/ John S.

-- john svensson (svensson@nfdc.net), March 21, 2004.

I have bought seeds twice from a guy in Florida, his email address is seedman01@bellsouth.net. Email him and he will email you back. It costs I believe $6.50 for like 25-30 seeds and he uses PayPal. Just tell him I sent you. He is nice and ships pretty fast. I enjoyed doing business with him.

-- Philip Moore (philmie@fastmail.fm), March 22, 2004.

I've researched this a bit. The best varieties of Camillia sinensis for cooler (zone 6) regions are Camellia sinensis var. sinensis from Korea and Camellia sinensis var sinensis, Small-leaf Form. There is a great site: http://liveherbnursery.com/tea%20camellia%20sinensis%20varieties.htm that gives zone and growing details of seven different varieties and offers the oppurtunity to buy them for next spring. Hope that helps.

-- Matt Barden (xhosarebel@yahoo.com.au), April 22, 2004.

Does anyone have any experience with growing tea plants from seed? Or know a supplier of plants in Canada--I'm in Montreal and don't know how well a plant would survive customs and how much the shipping from the States would be. I have the feeling that growing from seed might be a slow process but would love to have input.

Thanks, Andrew.

-- Andrew M (andrewgordon@yahoo.com), May 03, 2004.

Richters.com has tea plants and they are in Goodwood, Ontario Canada.

-- Jane Harrell (JandJ187654@aol.com), June 16, 2004.

I have grown several plants from seeds I obtained from www.seedrack.com, these plants were grown in Colorado indoors, and have survived. The seeds take an extremely long time to start. The first one I grew did nothing for at least 6-8 weeks. They also grow rather slowly, I'm getting no more than 3-6 inch plants in the first year. If you want a tea "garden" better plant a lot of plants and have a few years on your hands.

-- Chris Manley (cmanley542@hotmail.com), June 16, 2004.

I checked out a lot of the sources mentioned above and got quite frustrated so I imported seeds myself from India and just started propagating my own. I lost about half of them in the learning process but I still have a lot of surplus plants that I am willing to sell if you are interested. They are nice, fully rooted 4inch pots with about 6 to 10 " of growth. Write me at uniqueplants@aol.com Good luck, Steve

-- steve Behncke (uniqueplants@aol.com), July 13, 2004.

I recently imported green tea plant from china if you want to but it. You can visit www.thegreenbay.com

-- Marco (service@thegreenbay.com), July 14, 2004.

I raise nice, healthy, Green Tea plants and have them for sale if anyone is interested Regards, Steve Behncke Uniqueplatns.com

-- steven Behncke (uniquwplants@aol.com), August 06, 2004.

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