Camellias may be propagated from seed (5-6 years), by cuttings (3 years), by grafting (2-3 years), or by air layering (1 year).
Camellia blooms will last four to five days when floated in water in a shallow bowl. Most of the shown blooms are treated with gibberellic acid, which forces the flower to be larger and bloom earlier.
Some recommended varieties for beginning growers are:
1) Debutante: Light pink, medium bloom in a full peony form.
2) Alba Plena: White, medium bloom, formal double bloom.