For a few years now, I’ve been nurturing a tea plant.  It sits in my kitchen bay window, doing its thing.  Over the last year, it hasn’t been looking very good.  Despite new shoots, it keeps losing leaves.  I did a heavy pruning last winter and hoped for the best.  As spring was approaching, I was delighted to see new shoots and leaves appear on the remains of my tea plant. It seemed to be reasonably happy over the summer but has been looking unhappy again in recent weeks.  As I was doing the dishes this morning however, I focused my attention on the plant, trying to consider what other options might be reasonable to consider to bring this straggly looking plant back into health.  You could have knocked me over with a feather when my gaze fell upon a beautiful flower!  I was shocked to say the least.  In my experience, plants don’t flower unless they’re healthy and vital.michelle tea blossom

I think perhaps the issue is about an indoor grown tea plant compared to one being allowed to live in the soil outdoors.  Although I have adequate light for survival, the optimum temperature requirements must not be met.  Has anyone been successful in growing a tea plant indoors in a residential setting?  I suspect I’m expecting a bit too much from my little tea plant. Although I feel tremendously rewarded by this beautiful flower, the plant looks so unhappy the vast majority of time that I’m really ambivalent about how to continue. Or not.  I’d value any suggestions you may have for me.

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