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It is at all possible to grow tea plants, particularly something like Camellia sinensis, not herbal teas, indoors with special lighting? Specifically, I'm not taking about starting tea seedlings and the transplanting outside, but solely growing the plant indoors (from seed to mature plant).

I live in North Dakota (hardiness zone 4), where I am far away from ever seeing a tea plantation outside my window, so (to the best of my knowledge) there isn't any way I would be able to plant tea outside.

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Yes, in a pot you can bring it outdoors when it is warm and bring it indoors while it is cold. Tea is a zone 6 plant so it is relatively hardy and durable. It should survive your winter inside similar to how you would overwinter other plants.

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    Is it really a zone six plant? I asked a question about their hardiness and didn't get an answer. Maybe you could answer it. – J. Musser Feb 7 '12 at 2:19
  • @jmusser's related question here. – Flimzy Feb 11 '12 at 20:37

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