This is the plant that all green tea, white tea, oolong and black tea is made. This plant is best grown in pots, but can eventually be grown in the ground if grown south facing against a house or structure with good winter protection and heavy mulching. Green tea plants like fertile, well-draining soil and can be grown in partial sun. They will also produce a fragrant flower (which can also be used as a tea). The leaves can be harvested throughout the season (starting second or third year). The new, tender leaves should be plucked and can be dried for green tea or oxidized (rolled) and dried for oolong or black tea. There is no comparison to freshly harvested and prepared tea from your own tea plant.