If you live in hardiness zones 8-10—the southern United States—and have a spot with full sun, you can grow your own tea with plants from Burpee.
One individual commenting on the Burpee website had success in Zone 6.
Here’s the USDA map of hardiness zones.
Tea, Camellia sinensis, is a perennial plant. The same plant yields black, green and white tea. The difference is in the processing; basically, how much heat is applied to dry the leaves.
At $16.95 per plant, it’s a fun opportunity to grow what you drink; and if you have younger children, a nifty project.
You harvest and dry the tea leaves in a wok or pan.
Buy the plants now and harvest them in the fall. Send some as gifts to tea-loving friends with green thumbs. Here’s where to order.
Different states have particular shipping restrictions. For example, you can’t ship lemongrass plants to California or Colorado, or potato plants to Florida or Montana.
Check here to see if tea plants can be shipped to your state.
Herbs can be grown anywhere! Read our article on growing herbal tea at home.
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