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Posts posted by gr33ntea

  1. @halyconDaze It was sold to me by a man who sells cacti at Victria Market in Melbourne. He seemed quite reputable.
    Burbanks although described as spineless are most often 'almost spineless'
    I think it is Burbanks cactus as it fits this description, especially the thick round bluish pads it produced: 

    "A form of O.robusta reputedly bred by the fammous Luther Burbank for cattle-friendly fodder in WWII. Thick round bluish pads on a medium-sized bush. Okay outdoors in mild areas." - http://www.cacti.co.nz/library/opuntia-burbanks-spineless/

    @skellum It never made any fruit as i always kept it in a pot and neglected it. :( I initially wanted it as a grafting stock, but the vascular rings were too close to the sides.

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  2. Welll one year on i have an algae problem. Havent changed the water for a year. The cacti have been in partial shade.
    Still havent painted the container so the algae cant photosynthesize and die already lol.

    The shade + water i reckon made them grow vertically, kinda like elongating. Basically elongating. Anyone here have elongated loph?


  3. I had 3 meltedwax infected with it. The pupping looked unpleasant to my eye.

    That being said, it made it easier for me to graft areols and miniature pups to pereskiopsis.

    I tried getting rid of it but only managed to save one and the other died.

    Do you have pictures of it? How did you infect it? Grafting?

  4. Here is a similar post i made: http://www.shaman-australis.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=37294

    Austrocylindropuntia subulata f. monstrosa contains a bacteria Phytoplasma that makes it 'monstrose' as in pup from most of its aeroles. This infection spreads to only other opuntia plants through grafting,
    have tried it on lophophora, trichocereus and it didn't work.

    It has been successful with pereskiopsis, and so i am trying it with other opuntias

    Here is the graft of pereskiopsis on
    Austrocylindropuntia subulata var. Phytoplasma (I'll just call it Phytoplasma instead of monstrose to avoid confusion for the time being)

    Here the Pereskiopsis Spathulata var. Phytoplasma are growing on their own roots. They have noticeably thin leaves, pup from most aeroles.

    Some of the later growth did not have the infection.

    So now i grafted a blue burbanks spineless opuntia on Austrocylindropuntia subulata var. Phytoplasma to see if i get similar results

    post-12761-0-51960400-1428544517_thumb.j Mother Plant: post-12761-0-56639600-1428544688_thumb.j

    I am also trying with the Paper Spine cactus (Tephrocactus articulatus)


    This monstrose cresting opuntia i forgot the name of
    post-12761-0-29739300-1428544627_thumb.j Mother plant: post-12761-0-38869000-1428544659_thumb.j

    And with this thin spineless and glochidless opuntia
    post-12761-0-22344200-1428544641_thumb.j Mother plant: post-12761-0-74311900-1428544673_thumb.j

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  5. Ok i found this plant Cestrum elegans, it grows huge. However i have to keep reminding myself that when grafting solanacae may not be as tolerant as cacti (as im experienced with). Although they are in same Family, they may also have to be in the same Genus.
    But according to this study of capsicum grafted to tomato it is possible (100% success rate with wedge graft) so it may work http://www.jyi.org/issue/grafting-capsicum-to-tomato-rootstocks/

    Guess we gonna have to experiment, damn and the season here in Melbourne is kinda over as well :

  6. do you do much fruit tree grafting bull?

    Teach us your secrets. Im keen to get an eggplant tree growing too

    I don't do fruit trees but they should be easier cause my succulent-soft eggplant stalks dehydrate so quickly! But people do graft different variety of apple on the same tree

    I am going to try a lemon graft on my orange tree. Just make sure they are in the same family

    I was going to have a crack at grafting with .torvum , but didnt get prepared enough.

    Keen to know of a longer lifespan rootstock for the project this coming spring.

    good effort gr33n :wink:

    EDIT - also didnt nut out what was the best type of graft to go for.....


    Me too, i spent hours on this list of Solanum, looking for a tree like plant and then googling for its lifespan and then googling if it was poisonous or not,

    like doxneed2c-me said " I have heard people using the root of a Datura to graft a tomato stalk to and they found there was alkaloids in the tomatoes. "

    I use wedge type grafting because for me it is the easiest, often the eggplant is small, succulent and fragile and the stock i am grafting to is most often hard so i try to squeeze it in. And then their is the moisture loss, i haven't tried but i believe other types of grafting would be hard because of this.

    However i want to try bark grafting as shown here http://www.wikihow.com/Graft-a-Tree

  7. Would be awesome if you could do a write-up on how to make/graft one of these eggplant trees! I've never grafted anything in my life but I've seen them done before and always wished I knew how to do it, what rootstock to use etc

    I use a wedge type of graft, exactly like in the picture. I usually use two eggplants for one of the rootstock, i make a cut in the middle and shove the rootstock in,

    make sure their outer skin is touching the outer skin of the rootstock cause that is where mostly like the vasular rings touch each other

    I tape it up tightly and then i apply wood glue to the top of the graft to seal it. If i don't seal it then moisture will escape and the graft will fail.

    I have found that woodglue kinda sucks, sometimes it doesnt work properly so i am going to try beeswax gel to seal the wound.


    This video was useful for me

    Everyone i know uses this plant http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solanum_torvum but its lifespan is only around 5-6 years i have heard. I want something that will last a very long time.

    I spent like 3 hours last time going through this list of different solanum plants and looking for a good grafting stock species that lives long and is a large fat grafting stock


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  8. I made this graft of a eggplant on a Solanum Torvum . THe reason because every season the eggplant dies by succumbing to root infection/rot so grafting it to a stronger rootstock can extend its life.

    I made grafts on Solanum Torvum but soon found it would only live about for 5 years because the Solanum Torvum would eventually die.
    So i was wondering if anyone knew of a Solanum species that lives long and that is also a good grafting stock?

    I have found Solanum mauritianum that lives for 30 years but apparently all parts of the plant are poisonous and im worried this may pass onto the graft.
    Solanum betaceum is a good contender, its fruit is edible and lives for about 12 years

    Here are a few pics of my graft,

    This here is the rootstock

    This here failed because i didnt seal it properly and moisture ran out


    Rootstock big


    And this here is the eggplant growing on its own roots


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