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Green Tea Plants - Fact or Fiction?

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Green Tea Plants - Fact or Fiction?

We get questions all the time from aspiring tea gardeners but the one that is most common is "I want a green tea plant, I don't want a 'black' tea plant."  The answer is surprising and exciting at the same time!

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Controlling Insects On Tea

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Controlling Insects On Tea

Camellia sinensis is susceptible to a few insects that can cause slight to severe damage.   The most common are Tea Scale, Aphids and Mites.   The good news is that you don't have to use harmful insecticides to control your pest problem, there are safe alternatives. Horticultural Oils Oil sprays are great ways to control the most common insects on Camellia sinensis.  They work through the suffocation of the insects.  The key is to get complete thorough coverage of the entire plant.  Heavy infestations may require several repeat applications.  Periodic use of oil sprays can work as a preventative for future...

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Green Tea Matcha Style

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Green Tea Matcha Style

I love experimenting with all the  nifty things I can do with my tea plants. My daughter gave me a gift of matcha tea recently.  I really liked the flavor and the texture. I also like that I can add it to my smoothies and other food. So I decided that I would try to make my own Matcha style Tea.

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Growing Tea Plants In Containers

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Growing Tea Plants In Containers

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 potting soils. Growing in Containers—tips Choose a container that is about twice as large as the root mass of your plant. AVOID containers that are too large or you could have uneven water and nutrient distribution which could lead to trouble with your plant. Keep...

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The Importance Of Good Drainage

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The Importance Of Good Drainage

Caemllias and Tea Plants, like to be moist but not wet.  They do not need to be dry, and they especially do not need to be wet. Tea is more sensitive to very wet conditions than most other species of camellias, and Tea Plants can’t survive if the conditions are very wet. The easiest and most common way to kill Tea plants is to keep them too wet. Whether the Tea Plants are in the ground or in containers, if the soil retains too much water, your Tea Plants are going to die and die quickly. We can’t emphasize this...

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