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?
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.
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.)