Tea is harvested from the shrub Camellia sinensis. The plants are best grown in pots in this country and these can be stood outdoors during the summer months. The plants require light shade and should be watered with rain water as acid soil conditions are needed.
Re-pot the plant in spring using an ericaceous potting compost. Tea plants do not require a very fertile soil and they only need an occasional liquid feed during the growing season.
The tips of new shoots can be harvested at any time of year to make green tea.
In winter the plants need to be protected from frost. The plants should be brought indoors to a light, dry place such as a porch or conservatory. The compost should be allowed to dry out and only watered sparingly. It is important that the plants have a dry atmosphere to avoid mildew attacks.