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    For those that graft...
    Every areole is a cactus waiting to be born

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  1. Okay, I know that this graft while there is an actual union here, it is a slim one at best. However, I thought what a perfect graft to show one method I deal with such imperfections. Admittedly, I find that small crested grafts tend to suffer this phenomenon more than any other type of graft, all grafts are susceptible to it as no one is perfect 100% of the time 100% of the time. Now that we are done with the excuses and the crying, here is my simple fix. Some notes on the above graft, there is an actual union so it is getting some energy from the stock/Pereskiopsis. Two, it is clearly a bad union and is already shooting a root down. Three, while it may be possible to remove from the stock and root on its own, it will root faster if allowed to stay grafted so it can get energy both from its own roots and the stock it is on. You really have to watch crested grafts as they have a tendency to bow in the middle as they dry out. If any of you are making small crested grafts... keep that in mind.
  2. I've always stored my pollen in the freezer whether it was Brugmansia, Datura, Echinopsis, or Hemerocallis pollen, Pollen always seems to stay good in the freezer for several years when frozen if it is not brought back and forth out of the freezer. Otherwise, you just have to have the right pollen you want to use and the right cacti blooming at the same time
  3. From the album Hybrid propagation via grafting or crosspollination

    Emasculate or cut into a flower before it opens to remove anthers and pollinate before any pollen ripens. This is first and foremost if one wants to be safe and is especially important if one has a species that can self pollinate. Not that pollinating early like this is not helpful otherwise as one never knows what insects might help one if one does not visit the flower early like this. Note, I cut the flower open with a simple razor blade being careful not to remove the style and stigma completely. This little girl has been pollinated by myself and no insect has had a chance to do its dirty work.
  4. From the album Hybrid propagation via grafting or crosspollination

    This is just one way I store, ship, and freeze pollen. I know many of you have your own methods, this is just one of my many methods.
  5. From the album Hybrid propagation via grafting or crosspollination

    This stage or a bit earlier is when I like to emasculate... before the flower opens.
  6. Wishing this girl had some Hulk pollen to place but such is life. Still, lovely flower. If any of you guys see a q-tip fluffed like mad and running around with Hulk pollen let me know.
  7. First, let me salute the hybridizers who create the wonderful crosses that allow us all to cull. Without a doubt, my favorite hybridizer is Zelly himself. Without his efforts, we would have far less to cull and many less interesting prospects to work with. Now, there are those of us who simply collect and there is nothing wrong with growing out a few specimens from each and every species or hybrid one comes across. In fact, I applaud those that do this. I too enjoy seeing multiple phenotypes come out of a single collection of wild seed. Those that cull, simply take it one step further. We see whatever trait it is we often kill the rest. For me, the trait I most enjoy seeing is something a bit more intangible as the trait I most enjoy seeing is hardiness. I subject my seedlings to hot humid conditions in the green house in full sunlight so they all remain purple until they eventually turn some shade of green. Able to withstand hot and humid conditions... check mark I also subject my seedlings to light freezes their first year from seed. Those that live... cold conditions check mark. The end result... those that are not culled from harsh environmental conditions get looked over for disease resistance. If I notice any disease prone specimens... they get culled. Another check mark. And so on... the culling process goes, but in the end, I have only managed to cull and select what I consider to be the best out of my own small batches of seeds from a few great hybridizers at best. So, the real work begins with the hybridizer and the rest of us that grow, collect, or cull simply enjoy the work of the hybridizers who made our gardens possible. For me, I welcome cacti like these. Let the great culling begin!
  8. At any age culling is good, but I do prefer to get the coddling over with sooner rather than later.
  9. What are you talking about? It is summer time here my friend. My personal take on growing seedlings in the frosty months is to let them get a little nip. Just enough to cause a little freeze damage to some and or kill a few off. With that said, I grow my cacti in full sunlight and water hard throughout most of the year to include the winter months. You will get some that die if you do this, but those that live will thrive. Weakness is for those that want weak slow growing cacti. Push them hard, real hard and don't stop till you've got some sploding cacti hun.
  10. If your desire is for your grafts to grow very slow... I think this technique is excellent. I will explain. No leaves present... means the growth is going to be slowed down. Grafting on nice healthy vibrant fast growing Pereskiopsis with healthy green leaves exploding with growth will better serve your interests. Protect your fingers with a bit of parafilm if you must. Wrap the scion tight to the graft with parafilm and you will never need to slow down watering of your graft or fertilizing of your graft ensuring it grows much faster...
  11. Wow, the big fifty! Seems like just yesterday you were at least 20 years younger and getting this place started... or does my memory fail me.
  12. I grow all of my grafts from start to finish in full sun if I use parafilm to hold them down. If I simply use a humidity chamber like yourself, I also move to shade for the first week or so and then gradually move them back to full sun. Great work by the way and congrats on 80% success rate. Looking at your Pereskiopsis, I think there is some growth left in them if you want to leave them a little longer.