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Tea has been in the news recently and been touted not only as a good tasting drink, but also as a superfood. While the process of growing your own hyperlocal cup of tea may seem complicated, it really is not. It only takes some patience, time, land and/or a container.
To understand the process required to grow your own tea, one must understand some facts about the tea plant. Tea is actually a shrub called Camellia sinensis, which grows close to 30 feet if not maintained. Tea can grow outdoors in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 1-8. If grown outdoors, it likes to be in humid areas and in an acidic, sandy soil that is well drained. In the fall, the tea shrub blooms yellow-white flowers and produces the seeds for another crop of tea shrubs. The seeds are picked during this time and stored in sand for planting in the spring.