Where Oh Where Did I Go Wrong?

Where Oh Where Did I Go Wrong?

A while back we were discussing starting avocado pits a-sproutin'. There were good arguments for the semi-submerged-in-water routine, and good arguments for half-buried-in-moist-rich-dirt scheme. I tried the latter. The pit split, but no tree shot forth.
I mean, it's cute and everything, this baby "Audrey II", but not exactly what I had in mind. So let's reopen the case: what's the surest way to start an avocado tree?
The Name that Plant Game!:)

The Name that Plant Game!:)

Is this phlox?

Is this phlox?

My bedroom ’09

My bedroom ’09

At my terrace…

At my terrace…

Update to my garden…

Update to my garden…

Welcome to My Apartment

Welcome to My Apartment