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Tea Plant SHRUB SEED Seeds - Green Red Black Tea - Camellia sinensis - ZONE 7 & UP

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½ LB  –        320   Seeds  for      $80.00

1 LB   –        640   Seeds  for    $130.00

 

Tea, Tea Plant - Camellia sinensis - Cold Hardiness Zone 7 +

The tea plant is commonly used in Chinese herbalism, where it is considered to be one of the 50 fundamental herbs. Modern research has shown that there are many health benefits to drinking tea, including its ability to protect the drinker from certain heart diseases. It has also been shown that drinking tea can protect the teeth from decay, because of the fluoride naturally occurring in the tea. However, the tea also contains some tannin, which is suspected of being carcinogenic. The leaves are cardiotonic, diuretic, expectorant, stimulant and astringent. They exert a decided influence over the nervous system, giving a feeling of comfort and exhilaration, but also producing an unnatural wakefulness when taken in large doses. They are used internally in the treatment of diarrhoea, dysentery, hepatitis and gastro-enteritis.

Tea is reportedly effective in clinical treatment of amoebic dysentery, bacterial dysentery, gastro-enteritis, and hepatitis. It has also been reported to have antiatherosclerotic effects and vitamin P activity. Excessive use, however, can lead to dizziness, constipation, indigestion, palpitations and insomnia. Externally, they are used as a poultice or wash to treat cuts, burns, bruises, insect bites, ophthalmia, swellings etc. Only the very young leaves and leaf buds are used, these can be harvested throughout the growing season from plants over three years old and are dried for later use. Teabags have been poulticed onto baggy or tired eyes, compressed onto headache, or used to bathe sunburn.

Chinese Camellia sinensis is native to mainland China South and Southeast Asia , but it is today cultivated across the world in tropical and subtropical regions. It is an evergreen shrub or small tree that is usually trimmed to below two metres (six feet) when cultivated for its leaves. It has a strong taproot . The flowers are yellow-white, 2.5–4 cm in diameter, with 7 to 8 petals.The seeds of Camellia sinensis and Camellia oleifera can be pressed to yield tea oil , a sweetish seasoning and cooking oil that should not be confused with tea tree oil , an essential oil that is used for medical and cosmetical purposes and originates from the leaves of a different plant. Camellia sinensis plant, with cross-section of the flower (lower left) and seeds (lower right). The leaves are 4–15 cm long and 2–5 cm broad. Fresh leaves contain about 4% caffeine . The young, light green leaves are preferably harvested for tea production; they have short white hairs on the underside. Older leaves are deeper green. Different leaf ages produce differing tea qualities, since their chemical compositions are different. Usually, the tip (bud) and the first two to three leaves are harvested for processing. This hand picking is repeated every one to two weeks.

Characteristics
Evergreen
Medicinal
Shade Tolerant
Winter Interest
Flowering Shrub
Fragrant Flowers
Hedge Plant
Crop Plant
Edible Leaves

Growing Info:
Scarification: Soak in hot tap water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: cold stratify for 60 days
Germination: sow seed 3/4" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed

 

 


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