Camellia Sinensis Check-in

If you remember, back in April I wrote a blog saying I bought a camellia sinensis plant. This plant is used for black, green and oolong tea leaves. I am happy to report that it is still alive!!

My plant has double to tripled in size and I was surprised to see a flower on it when I brought it inside for the winter. From what I’ve read, the camellia sinensis plant does better in warmer weather, and when you bring it inside it should stay 65-70 degrees near indirect sunlight. However, it does bloom in colder weather (but grows slower). I had left it in 45-60 degrees for about 2 weeks before bringing it inside.

After blooming in the fall/ winter is a good time to prune the plant. I am not going to do that this year because it still has a couple years before I can use the plant’s new growth to make my own tea leaves. Still! It’s very exciting how well it is doing. Have a happy November 5th! (Aka Guy Fawkes day)

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