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camellia sinensisis

 
chris spaugh
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Does anyone have starts of camellia sinensisis, tea, willing to trade? I am close to Athens, Ga. I have some fig starts or other plants I can barter with. Thanks
 
John Elliott
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I've looked around for this at various times, but haven't seen anyone selling or trading it. You know that the place that bills themselves as "the only tea plantation in America", is on Wadmalaw Island, south of Charleston, don't you? I know of them, but have never been to take the tour and see if they sell any potted plants.
 
Michael Cox
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Two-Camellia-Sinensis-Green-Tea-Plants-Chemical-Free-both-11-12-inches-tall-/281280908081?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item417da60b31

I've had quite a bit of luck finding unusual plants on ebay. Also, suggests a possible market for plants of your own to sell.
 
Renate Howard
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Burnt Ridge sells the plants. It's $20 for a gallon pot.

Also try Dave's Garden trading section http://davesgarden.com/community/trading/ later on. I just checked and nobody is offering it right now but that might change.
 
chris spaugh
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thanks for the replies, guess I will try my luck at live plants on ebay
 
Matu Collins
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I have a huge camellia in a pot. It is sad living in New England, I wish I could give it to you.

If anyone has advice on how to get it to thrive in a pot I welcome it.
 
Will Scoggins
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Try http://www.camforest.com/

I just got some in the mail from them, and their customer service has been excellent.
 
Will Scoggins
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Matu Collins wrote:I have a huge camellia in a pot. It is sad living in New England, I wish I could give it to you.

If anyone has advice on how to get it to thrive in a pot I welcome it.


The camforest people said it would live in a pot, but not thrive. This is because it likes high humidity and winter temps below 60.
 
Matu Collins
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Will Scoggins wrote:
Matu Collins wrote:I have a huge camellia in a pot. It is sad living in New England, I wish I could give it to you.

If anyone has advice on how to get it to thrive in a pot I welcome it.


The camforest people said it would live in a pot, but not thrive. This is because it likes high humidity and winter temps below 60.


I have high humidity and winter temps go pretty low. How far below 60 do they like?

This thread about camellias has more info
 
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If you have the patience for it, you can obtain a plant or two mailorder, or buy seed, or get access to a plant somewhere to collect seed and/or cuttings. Both start pretty easily. I had a small "plantation" of ten or twelve bushes when I lived in central GA. My goal was to have enough to feed my daily morning tea habit, and since you only pick the growing points, I figured I needed at least that many. I lost a few to summer droughts even two years after planting them out.....remember it is native to proper monsoon climates with regular summer rain.
 
chris spaugh
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Thanks for all the replies and links. Sorry your potted plant isint fairing well.
 
Will Scoggins
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Not sure exactly what their cold tolerance is. Was told to plant after last frost, but think once established can take at least a mild frost.
 
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