There are instructions for home processing of tea (Camellia sinensis) in
Rosalind Creasy's book, Edible Landscaping. It is laborious, but it works,
and makes great tea. (Same leaves but different process for black or green
You can mail-order plants from territorialseed.com, and undoubtedly others.
A few years ago there was a mania for named cultivars, the idea being that
different varieties would produce different tea, like wine and grapes. I
think that may have died down by now.
There used to be a tea plantation in Charleston, SC.
Don't know what's happening with it now. I ordered some of their tea many
years ago, and, I'm sorry to say, it was awful.
I have a couple of (unnamed) tea plants that have disappointed me with their
floppy growth habit. I was hoping to use them as a screen, but they're the
wrong shape. I think the common wisdom is that they like similar conditions
to Camellia japonica, flowering camellias. Don't count on the flowers of C.
sinensis for anything, though; they really are insignificant. (bloom in the
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