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Hatfield, PA

January 16, 2012
9:27 PM

Post #8970744

In the Pinebrook Children's Garden, one of the small gardens is named "A Spot of Tea". We have some plants in the ground (Bee Balm or Monarda, the red Jacob Cline variety...loved by the hummingbirds, Lemon Balm - which is quite "vigorous" which is another way to say "invasive", chamomile and a few others). We also have some large decorated tea cup planters with each having another variety of tea - Chocolate Mint, Peppermint, Spearmint, Orange Mint, Pineapple Mint, Fuzzy Apple Mint, etc.

I would like to have some tea plants like we saw growing in the highlands of Kenya, East Africa. Does anyone know a source for that tea - you know, the kind that provides "tiny little tea leaves" - our green or black tea? I'm not even sure of its technical horticultural name! Yes, I would need to take it into the greenhouses for the wintertime, I'm sure. Is that "Camellia sinensis"? (Or am I flat out confused?)

I'd actually like to grow a few coffee plants too. Any coaching?


Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

January 17, 2012
7:17 AM

Post #8971137

Yes, Camellia sinensis is what you're looking for. It's requirements are listed above and in plantfiles, and I don't know of a source. Maybe you could try a greenhouse like Logee's in CT that specializes in tropicals? That's my best idea--wait, you can grow it from seed! I have a DG friend in AL who is hoping to grow one from seed; I'll ask him! No clue on the coffee.
Hatfield, PA

January 28, 2012
8:12 PM

Post #8986124

Thanks, Carrielamont. Last year I tried some unroasted coffee beans...but had no signs of life. I'll be happy to hear of any tips on getting or growing the Camellia sinensis tea or any kind of coffee. (We saw THAT growing and drying in Kenya also.)


Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

January 29, 2012
10:56 AM

Post #8986645

Since you are a subscriber and have ALL the DG resources before you, I suggest you try posting your question in the Tropical Plant Forum, the Seed Germination Forum, the Tropical Zone Gardening Forum, The Florida, Mid-South, Alabama or Texas Gardening Regional Forums. I personally like to drink both tea and coffee but have never grown either! Sorry. Hope this is a little helpful. Oh! Also try the seed trading forum, just start a thread "I'm looking for viable coffee seeds or tea seeds" AND look up the plants you want in PlantFiles (Camellie sinensis and Coffea arabica, I believe) and see if anyone has them to trade!

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