Author: Tsubaki Tea

Growing Camellia sinensis in Containers

2G Tea Plants

2G Tea Plants

Camellia sinensis can be successfully grown in containers as long as you follow some guidelines!   The most important thing to remember about Camellia sinensis Tea Plants is that they will absolutely not tolerate wet soils or soils that do not drain properly.  Make sure you pay close attention to the recommendations we have for [Continue]

My August Oolong Tea

So, here’s another attempt at making my Oolong Tea.  I really like Oolong.  It’s very easy to make, and the results vary each time, but I like it.  Oolong Tea is somewhere in between green and black.  It’s very nice.  It does take a bit more effort, but this batch turned out quite nicely.   This [Continue]

Growing Tea From Seeds

Let them sit in the sun until they crack open.

We have grown Camellias from seeds for years with this method with great success.  This can be used to germinate ornamental flowering Camellias as well as Camellia sinensis Tea Plants.  Seeds can be harvested in late summer to early fall.  To test to see if they are ready, gently remove the husk from a tea [Continue]

Sinensis, Other Camellias and Making Tea

Ornamental Flowering Camellias are not traditionally used for making tea. Camellia sinensis is used for tea.

Ornamental Flowering Camellias are not traditionally used for making tea

Is it Just About Sinensis? I am so fortunate to live in a southern climate where Camellias are the Queen of the winter garden.   These beautiful old stately evergreen shrubs bloom in the fall and winter in gardens throughout mild regions of the USA.  They grow well in the deep south where they have [Continue]

Benefits of Mulch

Camellia Sinensis

Camellia sinensis makes an excellent plant for your landscape garden!

Mulching your Camellia sinensis tea plants can provide a wealth of benefits such as Temperature and moisture regulation to protect roots Weed preventative Provide nutrients as mulch breaks down Even in growing in containers, providing a mulch to the top of your containers can make happy plants.  We add bark chips to the top of [Continue]

Fertilizing Camellia sinensis

Making sure your plants have adequate nutrition will provide you with healthy plants!  There are many options when choosing what to feed your camellia sinensis. Natural Fertilizers Natural fertilizers are usually the best choice when it comes to feeding your tea plants.  There are many things on the market that you can use that will [Continue]

First Flush Frost Tea

Cold Cold damage to new growth on teadamage to new growth on Tea

Cold Cold damage to new growth on teadamage to new growth on Tea

Weather in the southeastern US has been unpredictable this entire year.  First we were hit with an unexpected back door tropical storm which left debris and damage everywhere, then Matthew blew in causing another disruptive mess.  We had the warmest winter on record with temperatures reaching 80ºF in January and February.  This unusually warming caused [Continue]

Grow Your Own Tea

Only after water, Tea is the most consumed beverage in the world.  For over 5000 years it has played an unique role in history.  It has brought people together and ripped people apart.  It has made us feel better, think clearer, and comforted us when we needed it and affects us all – in body, mind and [Continue]