Look at this gorgeous tea seed! I love its soft triangle shape, its verdant color and its leathery texture. Camellia Sinensis grows from seed of course, but growing from seed is tricky. The seeds are germinated in sand, and the germination rates aren't stellar. In addition, the flowers are open pollinated which can lead to plant variations - sometimes good, sometimes not.
Most tea propagation done today is from what gardeners call "cuttings." A slip is taken and nurtured until it's ready to go into the soil. The strength of this method is that it has a higher likelihood of yielding a viable plant. In addition, you've got an exact copy of the parent plant and so expansion of the best species becomes easier.
The soil and temps of most regions in the US don't provide optimal conditions for growing tea. However, there is a plantation off the coast of the Carolinas, and there are test plots up and down the West coast. I once tried to germinate a seed in a pot at home, with no luck. Eternally hopeful, I shall try again (tho this time I might start with a baby from a cutting).
Have you grown your own tea?