I had an interesting talk over lunch with a fellow from southern California. We talked about many things and while he was finishing off his guacamole, he mentioned that he is growing his own avocado tree.
Last year we started growing our own tree. we started with a pit and some instructions from avocado.org. We started growing ours and it was looking so nice. We even took it with us on our vacation last summer to keep it alive. As suggested on the website we cut the tree. It has taken a long time to grow back and simply started growing out of the original stem again. So we cut it again. This time it has received some miracle grow and is sprouting sideways per the instructions.
We are excited and hope to have avocados sometime in about 5 years.