The tea plant (Camillia sinensis) is a hardy evergreen shrub that is currently grown in forty-five different countries worldwide. Tea plants can also be grown outdoors in the USA in zones 7 thru 9, and in the cooler areas, they are best grown in pots that can also be brought indoors, provided they have plenty of light and warmer temperatures.
The tea containers need to have drainage holes, and the soil should be kept moist, but be sure to not let the plant sit in water. This will cause rotting of the root system. You’ll find the tea plants growing season is spring to fall, and this is when you’ll want to start plucking the new young leaves to make into tea. Also during the growing season, you’ll want to fertilize with an active acidic one every three weeks. Once winter hits, you can prune your tea plant and pull any dead foliage, or branches in order to prep it for the next growing season.
- Container grown tea plants should be planted in a pot with plenty of drainage holes, that is 2 times the size of the root ball
- Place the plant in an area with bright, indirect light and with temperatures about 70 F. (21 C.). Keep the plant well watered but do not allow the roots to become water logged
- Fertilize the container grown tea plant during its active growing season, from spring through fall
“Keep the plant well watered but do not allow the roots to become water logged.”