Information About Tea Plant
Growing Tea From Seed – Tips For Germinating Tea Seeds
By Amy Grant
Arguably one of the most popular beverages that exist is tea. It has been consumed for thousands of years, steeped in historical folklore, references, and rituals. With all this interesting history, you may be interested in learning to plant tea seeds. Click here to learn more.
Pruning Tea Leaves – When To Prune A Tea Plant
By Teo Spengler
Tea plant pruning is an essential part of the shrub's care if you are interested in harvesting its leaves for tea. If you are wondering how to prune tea plants or when to prune a tea plant, click on the following article for helpful tips.
Tea Plant Care: Learn About Tea Plants In The Garden
By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer
What are tea plants? The tea we drink comes from various cultivars of Camellia sinensis, a small tree or large shrub commonly known as the tea plant. Familiar teas such as white, black, green and oolong all come from tea plants. Learn more here.
Tea trees typically have an upright growth habit that forms a round to ovular shape with dense foliage. The rate of growth for this tree is considered slow to moderate. Annually, tea olive trees grow 4 to 12 inches. With the slower growth rate and dense foliage, tea olive trees are often used in the home landscape as hedges or screens as they are easily shaped. Additionally, tea olives are well-suited for use in solitary planting, according to the Clemson University Extension. Established tea olive trees reach a height and width of 6 to 30 feet.
- Tea olive trees are evergreen plants prized for their appealing scent and visually attractive flowers and foliage.
- Considered either large shrubs or small trees with dark-green foliage, tea olives (Osmanthus species) are highly fragrant plants that emit a very sweet aroma, according to the Clemson University Extension.
Soil pH and Acid-Loving Plants
It is important to note that not all plants respond well when tea grounds and used tea bags are added to the soil, directly or in compost form. The natural tannic acid inside tea leaves leaches into the soil with rainwater as tea grounds decompose, thereby lowering the soil’s pH and increasing acidity. This poses a problem for plants that require neutral to alkaline soils but creates the ideal conditions for acid-loving plants to thrive. Use fresh and used tea grounds only on acid-loving plants, such as rosebushes and ferns. The best way to monitor your soil’s acidity is through pH testing with a home test kit.