Selsam's directions for planting that old standby, the avocado seed, offer three alternative methods: with toothpicks in a glass of water, as most instructions would have you do it; directly in a pot of soil; or in a plastic bag containing peat moss. Similarly, she notes that you can clip the new plant back to encourage branching, or not; if you do, it might or might not work. Besides the avocado, Selsam tells how to start out papaya, citrus, mango, pomegranate, and kiwi plants. The kiwi might be harder to find, but Selsam appends addresses for sending away for any of the seeds. The mango and pomegranate seeds might be harder to prepare, but Selsam makes it easy with her simple directions and Wexler's excellent photos provide additional guidance, as they do throughout. Any of the attempts might fail, but then not much will be lost and you can try again. The photos of established plants will serve as incentives.