Just a little about me to set the stage. I finally settled in San Diego after spending 20 years in the Navy. I have always liked growing things and I have a passion for taking stuff you find in the grocery store and getting it to produce a plant. That can be seeds, pits, cutting or what not.
Step 1: Select the fruit and break out the knife
Well the obvious item is a ripe avocado and a knife to split the avocado into a left and right side and then a sprouting method (water or dirt).
Step 2: Just the pit
If you want to skip the drying phase you can go straight to the water or the dirt or you can peel off the skin. I have had no problem growing with the skin on or off but I get faster germination with it off… personal preference.
The pit has a top and a bottom and you need to make sure that the bottom part of the pit is down, no matter what method you choose.