Who would have thought that tea can be successfully grown right in a city apartment!
Tea bush or Camellia Chinese (Latin Camellia sinensis, Chinese 茶 "cha", Japanese 茶 "cha") is an evergreen plant that grows up to one and a half meters in height.
From its leaves they make the usual black or green tea.
Chinese camellia belongs to the tea family; it has recently been used in indoor floriculture.
This decorative slow-growing bush exudes a pleasant, rich aroma.
Leaves with jagged edges are dark green above, and slightly lighter below.
During the flowering period, delicate white flowers with a pinkish-yellow tint appear from the leaf axils.
They are replaced by fruits - brown seeds, which in nature reach maturity in September or early October, and at home a little later in November-December.
An exquisite camellia bush will organically fit and decorate any interior. The owners of this pretty flower need to follow the rules of care.
Camellia feels great on a windowsill or a glassed-in balcony, where enough light enters.
It is advisable not to turn the flowerpot with the plant and not rearrange it from place to place.
At home, tea propagates by seeds, at the end of winter or early spring, they are placed in slightly acidic soil upside down with scars.
Seedlings in the amount of 3-5 pieces are placed in a nesting way in a large flower pot or in a tub. The planting depth is up to 4 cm, if this condition is not observed, it is highly likely that the plant will not cut through.
The first shoots hatch in a little over a month, growing by 25-30 centimeters in the first year of life. Do not panic if the immature shoots suddenly die - after a while, young shoots will again go from the living root system.
Young tea bushes need to be transplanted annually. The best time for this is the end of summer. Pick up slightly acidic soil. It is better to give preference to ready-made earthy mixtures for camellias or azaleas, which are sold in a flower shop.
An adult camellia is transplanted every two to three years.
Florists recommend in the summer to transfer the camellia to the garden area and place it in the shade of trees, thus artificially shortening the daylight hours for the camellia. This promotes the rapid development of flower buds.
The tea bush is very fond of moisture, so in the heat it is watered abundantly and often: with purified water at a constant room temperature. Make sure that the soil does not dry out.
It is also recommended to spray the leaves at least twice a week. You can maintain moisture balance by placing the plant pot in a drip tray filled with wet gravel.
During flowering periods, tea bushes do not moisturize and water less often than usual!
From the beginning of the resumption of growth and until the end of July, the camellia needs a weekly feeding. For these purposes, complex fertilizers for flowering plants with a sufficient content of trace elements are excellent, you can use a substrate for roses, the rules for use are described in the instructions on the package. During the period of bud formation, feeding should be stopped.
Camellia sinensis prefers a cool winter - the temperature is no more than 10 ° C. In the cold season, find a cool corner in the house for the "pet" and spray the foliage with well-settled water as often as possible. Watering at this time is moderate.
Creams and gels are made on the basis of green tea extract (Chinese camellia), which have a beneficial effect on the protective properties of the skin, nourish, reduce puffiness, and prevent aging.
An irreplaceable property of green tea extract is to protect the skin from the aggressive effects of sunlight.
Tea leaves contain a large amount of enzymes, essential oils, vitamins of groups C, K, B, B2, and thus saturate the drink with healing power.
With regular use of tea, immunity increases, hair and nails become stronger, metabolic processes of the body are improved, physical and mental abilities are activated, and the functioning of the nervous system normalizes.
That's all the wisdom - you can brew aromatic tea!