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Hi everyone_ just looking for some help locating a tree/bush. I am after a camillia tree that you make tea from - there is camellia sinensis sinensis Daleys has this but does anyone know where you can get camellia sinensis assimica. - I am hoping to make tea ( as in the drink) the difference between the two is one origniates from china and one from india.
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Delldgm
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28th August 2007 11:54am
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lachlann says...
I don't know the answer to your question; but why assam tea? I do know that they are very similiar except that the assam tea plant produces a very heavy breakfast brew - the leaves can be bought from twinings. However all other tea, including black teas are not produced from the assam variety but from the common, chinese originated one.
Ordinary tea seeds can be bought over the internet from Richter's Herbs, but need AQIS treatment. If you ever do import assam tea seeds I would like a few!
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Lachlann1
South Coast NSW
23rd September 2007 1:04pm
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DellDGM says...
Thanks Lachlann for your reply - I do have 2 x Camellia Sinensis Sinensis (the chinese one) but just wanted the assam (or assimica) for variey. I did speak to Nerada - the australian tea company and as far as they know you can't get it in Australia. We have a cameilla specialist nursery up in the Adelaide Hills and They worked on it and they can't find it in Aus either. I actually wanted seedlings but alas looks like I miss out. If I do decided further down the track to continue to chase it up overseas I will certainly e-mail you.
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24th September 2007 7:00pm
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Mr Urban Orchard says...

Just checking ... i am in the search for a cutting of the Camillia Sinensis and or assam ( tea leaf plant ) ! If i buy seed... which are hard enough to find or a seedling i still have to wait 3 years to harvest ... where as a cutting i assume, would be ready to go after a good growing season. Please let me know how to help or how much postage is . I am after harder to find plants at the moment if you have any that might interest me also and don't mind spending the time.


take care
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ANDY1
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17th July 2011 6:26pm
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Delldgm says...
Sorry I no longer have my camillia sinensis, my mother in law through them out (grrrrr) when we were moving, she got rid of them on the grounds they were duds cause she handn't decent flowers on them lol. I am planning on getting some more in our new garden, will let you know when but could be a while the orchard and veggie lists are a priorty at the moment.
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26th July 2011 6:29pm
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MaryT says...
Thanks to Daleys we can buy and grow our own tea and coffee trees, but I often make tea with herbs - lemon verbena, lime verbena, rosemary, mint, lemon grass, lemon balm etc.
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Jantina says...
Or aniseed tea (mexican tarragon and aniseed myrtle) yum.
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8th December 2011 8:56am
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BJ says...
Are there any tricks to lemon myrtle tea? Whenever I've tried, its always turned out a bit oily...

Terragon and anaseed myrtle is a real winner. I've eaten the anaseed myrtle leaves freash and they taste like licorice!
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8th December 2011 10:03am
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MaryT says...
Did you dry the leaves first, BJ?
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MaryT
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Jantina says...
I've only used dried leaves myself BJ and they did not seem oily to me, maybe the oil evaporates a bit when the leaves are drying. My own bush is just reaching the pickable stage after being assaulted twice by a whippersnipper wielded by an enthusiastic husband. Think they might be a bit slower growing down here too. I'm off to eat an aniseed leaf fresh now, love licorice.
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8th December 2011 10:16am
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Mr Urban Orchard says...
can someone think about sending me a good cutting of a mature ( more than 3 years old ) Camillia Sinensis plant ? Yeah i noticed that Daleys has it but ... not pickable for 3 years apparently :( I'll wait if i have to though lol

cheers
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ANDY1
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14th December 2011 4:08pm
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John says...
Mr Urban Orchard

If you are serious about growing tea you could get from either Daleys or this place:

http://www.camelliasrus.com.au/index.htm

Good luck.
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Mike says...
A seedling or cutting in the hottest place north of Havana would still take a while to become pluckable.One of these days I'll send some stuff to John Mc and toss in some tea cuttings.This one has been in the ground for 5 or 6 years and resprouts with vigour after I try to chop it out.A tea plant is unlikely to be the star of the yard,dazzle visitors or provide you and your clan with litres of delicious tea endlessly. Have your acquisitions of recent months survived?
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14th December 2011 7:42pm
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Mr Urban Orchard says...
Hey Mike! Good to hear from you mate ! Yeah i'm planning on meeting up with John Mc in Feb ;) Would love a care package whenever you feel like it . I was just checking the forum occasionally for ideas . Yeah i just like the idea of having a reasonably mature tea to go with my already more advanced arabica coffee and the rest of the orchard ... damn i have got some stuff now ;) Heaps of Fruit and Nut Tree's, Herbs and Veges and flowering medicinal plants , bee attractants , organic permaculture system setup and i'm still renting so i need to win the lotto and buy a farm somewhere lol ! I hope this isn't just a passing phase ;) The pepper vine has new growth as does the Papaya etc... Not very long vine yet but hope it shoots to the moon in the coming months ... then i've got to figure out my winter contingency plan with any frost sensitive plants ( although i'm near the beach i had a cashew tree that i overlooked and it didn't survive the winter )

My north facing window inside is a good spot for a small amount of plants but now i have a well grown dwarf coconut etc ... Where there is a will there is a way i guess ... My Cacao tree came back to life as well , but i would still love a pod to try grow some more or eat it for nutrients. I recently ordered some harder to find seeds from overseas and have fresh saffron growing etc. now as well . Anyways talk soon mate ...

Andy
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14th December 2011 10:40pm
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Mike says...
Real estate is a bit cheaper at the outpost especially when I bought 9 years ago.My 1200m2 has been supplemented by the footpath and a Council easement at the back.I'll see what I can come up with in the new year.Good to know it wasn't all casualties from the last run.
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