Where to buy a Tea plant (to make green tea)?

tetrasect

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Anyone know where one can buy a tea plant or alternatively seeds?

I'm looking for the "Chinese" variety "Camellia sinensis var. sinensis" which is tolerant of lower temperatures (as opposed to the Indian variety which produces bigger yields but is not as hardy).

According to this article, tea is grown in Limpopo, Kwazulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga but I can't find much more info online.

Would be nice to be able to just pick a few leaves, let them dry and enjoy a cup of super fresh green tea...
 

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I know of plantations on the south coast of KZN, never seen a tea plant for sale at any nurseries though.
 

maumau

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Anyone know where one can buy a tea plant or alternatively seeds?

I'm looking for the "Chinese" variety "Camellia sinensis var. sinensis" which is tolerant of lower temperatures (as opposed to the Indian variety which produces bigger yields but is not as hardy).

According to this article, tea is grown in Limpopo, Kwazulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga but I can't find much more info online.

Would be nice to be able to just pick a few leaves, let them dry and enjoy a cup of super fresh green tea...


Isn't that the normal camelia sold at nurseries?
 

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Anyone know where one can buy a tea plant or alternatively seeds?

I'm looking for the "Chinese" variety "Camellia sinensis var. sinensis" which is tolerant of lower temperatures (as opposed to the Indian variety which produces bigger yields but is not as hardy).

According to this article, tea is grown in Limpopo, Kwazulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga but I can't find much more info online.

Would be nice to be able to just pick a few leaves, let them dry and enjoy a cup of super fresh green tea...
Try the Wuhan province in China.
 

tetrasect

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Isn't that the normal camelia sold at nurseries?

Which nurseries? There are many Camellia species, I've only seen the ones with the red/pink flowers being sold.

The tea plant has flowers that look like this:
camellia-sinensis.gif
 
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maumau

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@tetrasect I don't know if they have stock but this one claims to sell the tea version:

 

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@tetrasect I don't know if they have stock but this one claims to sell the tea version:


Thanks, I did see that... Unfortunately the huge list of plants on that website seems to be there for information purposes only, as they don't actually stock most of them.
 

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Thanks, I did see that... Unfortunately the huge list of plants on that website seems to be there for information purposes only, as they don't actually stock most of them.

Maybe phone Lifestyle Garden Centre (011 792 5616) for advice, if they can't help JJ at Garden World (011 957 2046) is a horticulturist.
 
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