Grow Your Own Black or Green Tea – New Life On A Homestead

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One day, as I was making our beloved sweet tea, it occurred to me that it would be awesome if we could grow our own tea! Imagine never having to buy those tea bags again!


So I did a little research, and this is what I found out…

Black Tea (which is what we use for our Southern Style Sweet Tea), and Green Tea (which I also enjoy) are made from the same plant- Camellia Sinensis.


Although it is native to Asia, it can be grown in zones 7-9.

It is an evergreen shrub or small tree, which should be pruned to 4-6 ft. in height for ease of picking.

In the Fall it blooms small white flowers.

These plants need full sun to part shade, in rich organic soil. They thrive in neutral to partly acidic conditions.

Garden of Tomorrow shares some fantastic information on how to use this tea plant

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