It might come as a surprise to some, but there is a chance that you can grow your own tea plant in a pot on your balcony or porch.
There is nothing to be sniffed at if you want to make herbal tea or tisane in your garden. As long as you live in a moderate climate, you can grow tea plants that are native to India, China, and Japan.
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How can I grow my own plant?
To find out if you can grow a tea plant in your area, you need to check your growing zone. The plants are usually hardy. Plants will not survive in an area with harsh winters. You could grow this plant in a pot in the winter.
The shrub has dark green leaves and white flowers. There are several ornamental tea varieties that appeal to the eye. In late summer and early autumn the flowers are late bloomers. If you want to grow a plant in a container, the shrubs can be trimmed to a smaller size.
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These plants like being mulched with pine needles and are moist but well-drained. They need to be protected from the sun in the morning. In a harsh frost, try to protect them with mulch or a blanket for the night.
During the first two years, keep the plants well-watered and water with the rain. The optimal pH of the soil is retained.
The easiest way to grow tea plants is to buy established plants from a local nursery. If you have friends with a plant, you can start your own plant. If you can get hold of some seeds, they have a good germination rate if you soak them well before sowing.
If you follow these simple steps, you will be able to provide yourself with your own source of tea. You need to wait at least three years before you harvest the leaves. We can be patient.
How Do I Harvest and Process the Leaves?
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You are ready to harvest when your tea plants are mature. The youngest leaves are the best for harvesting. The leaves become less desirable as they mature. The youngest leaves are the best. On each branch, locate the newest leaves and break them off, stem included, just above the terminal leaf of that particular stem. New leaves will grow from that break-off point.
A pile of tea leaves. What’s next? The type of tea you want to make will affect that.
Once you have your tea leaves, you need to make sure that they are completely dry by rubbing them with a paper towel and leaving them in the shade for a few hours. You need to steam the fresh leaves on the stove top. After that, put them on a baking sheet and put them in the oven for 20 minutes. Make sure that the leaves are not burning. If you have any loose tea, store them in the same container as you would any other tea, just after they have cooled. Leave the leaves whole until you are ready to use them.
- Once you harvest the young tea leaves, you are ready to prepare them for black tea. A process of oxidation is required in this method. First crush the leaves in your hand. Next, put them on a baking sheet and leave them in a cool place for a few days. You can pop the leaves in the oven for 20 minutes after this. Store the leaves in a container
You can grow your own tea plant with a few simple steps and a little space.
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