Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Camellia sinensis Plant

 I recently ordered four Camellia sinensis plants
They were wrapped securely and delivered safely. 
 For those who may not be familiar with this plant,
Camellia sinensis is the species of plant whose leaves
and leaf buds are used to produce the beverage tea.
White, green, oolong, pu-erh, and black tea are all harvested
from this species, but are processed differently to attain different
levels of oxidation.
I ordered these from
Unlike several of my good Tea Friends, I am not a gardener.
My mother was the "queen" of gardening and houseplants.
I, unfortunately, did not inherit or learn, or even enjoy that skill.
But, my friend, Patty, is a Master Gardener, so I
sent 2 of the plants home with her, hoping she will
love and pamper them, at least until September
when I am scheduled to make a tea presentation
to her ladies church goup. 
I'll keep y'all updated!


Sylvia said...

Love Camellia's, they look like roses to me.

GardenofDaisies said...

I didn't even know we could grow those here! Well... you are a couple of zones farther south from me, so that would make a huge difference.

relevanttealeaf said...

Oh Linda! I have toyed with the idea of ordering tea plants too, but I, like you, am not a gardener and Michigan's weather isn't conducive to tea plants. But at some point, I may give it a try.

La Tea Dah said...

I hope your little tea plants do well. I have been pampering mine for two years. It has been a unique experience. It did best when I kind of gave up on it and banned it to a cold, back room and forgot about it. I was SO surprised when I discovered it was blooming! I've brought it back to a "safer" place now and will continue the journey with my little tea tree!

Angela McRae said...

I can't wait to hear how they do! Good luck!

Marilyn said...

In our garden they have survived quite easily. I do believe you can do it. They are a fun conversational plant for the garden for any tea lover for sure. So glad you got four.

racheld said...


I always love the special ways you discover/brew/enjoy/share tea.

I vividly remember seeing one special setting for brewing Pu-Erh from quite a few years ago when I belonged this this site:

Perhaps your readers might enjoy checking out all the methods and tea-wares which folks were showing---the second one down is the one which made such an impression on me.

All my best wishes to you and yours in this Blessed Season,



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