Julie got me a tea plant for my birthday! I've wanted to try growing tea for a long time.
Here's the key points to remember when growing tea indoors (I think):
- Camellia sinensis var. sinensis is more cold-hardy than var. assamica
- acidic, well draining potting mix
- half-day or partial sun
- prefer a humid environment (misting or pebble tray)
- prefer a cool winter temperature (35ºF – 60ºF) –the cold encourages bud formation
It will be challenging to provide adequate humidity since we live in a dry climate, but we will mist it regularly and put the pot above a pebble tray with water to try to provide localized higher humidity.
It will be tricky finding a spot indoors that isn't too warm, since all of our windows that get good light have baseboard radiators below them.