I have a lot in the 'beautiful house plant' category :) And yes, I'm just getting into growing paphs. Currently bird-sitting for a friend, though, and it's already taken a few experimental nibbles out of my leaves. They're not going to like that... >_< I've had very good success rates with avocadoes, but would recommend trying a few at a time. Far as I can tell, they just always take a long time - sometimes three to six months - to germinate. I just put the well-cleaned pits in a mug or glass, fill the mug to almost the top of the pit with water, and leave it on a windowsill. (Don't bother with toothpicks, etc.) When the water gets too low or two brown I just replace it, always keeping it 3/4 of the way, or almost to the top of the pit. When the root tip is fairly well-developed (extending out of the pit), I plant it just on the top of the soil and they establish fairly quickly.