Thea sinensis Sources
Answered by: Inge Poot
Question from: Sedgewik
Posted on: February 8, 2003

I am inquiring about the subject (hoping it is a green/black tea herb). I have been to several sites and I must say that Richters is very informative and well kept.

Would like information on any green tea plants.

Green tea is just something I consume a great deal of and I buy it in the store, I know you would disapprove.... I have a green thumb (there could be so many puns here) but have only ventured into growing the common herbs I can buy at the local nursery.

Am not finding any information on buying small plants (only to grow for myself, not commercial use).

We have a greenhouse going up this summer and I would like to know where to buy some seedlings, or seeds (are they called seedlings?)

Richters sells both seeds and seedlings (seedlings are young plants grown recently from seeds) and some dried black tea leaves (Catalogue numbers S6240, P6240 and H6240). Both green and black tea are the leaves of the tea plant, Camellia or Thea sinsensis (not to be confused with the tea tree, Melaleuca alternifolia). In black tea, the leaves are fermented then dried, while in green tea the leaves are steamed and then dried.

Please consult our web-site at under "News &Info" in the "Q&A" section. Click on "Q&A", then in the "Search" part, type in "tea" and click on "Growing Tea Plants" – and any other topics that sound as if they could answer further questions. Also consult the online free seeding seminar to help with making your new greenhouse venture a success.

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