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    Every areole is a cactus waiting to be born

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  1. Definitely depends on what your growing and where. For instance... if one was mass sowing pejuta along the Texas border... the cacti is already indigenous there so no real harm.
  2. Parafilm splitting... this is how seedlings penetrate
  3. 48 days old... and a nice hybrid cousin
  4. If you dig deep enough, you will likely find I have Datura pistils grafted onto Brugmansia and vice versa. My suggestion to you... try everything you desire. It is the only way you can prove to yourself what works and what doesn't. I know sometimes crosses that are taught to produce one result.... when one actually does them... much different results are sometimes found. Whether that is because the "expert" tried and failed or because the "expert" was going on prior knowledge... who knows. What I can tell you is that no two seedlings are alike and no two grafters are alike. What works for you... may not work so well for me because perhaps you have a better box cutter blade or some other technique that I have not discovered yet and vice versa. When you have extra of something... that is when the fun begins. Graft both ways and see what works best for you. Graft to versicolor stock, suaveolens stock, aurea stock, hybrids, etc. Go wild with it. See if anything new pops up for you. Perhaps you are more observant and will note things that the previous grafter did not notice when it comes to the influence of the stock on the scion. There are many reasons to graft, but my favorite reason to graft is simply because its fun and can give unexpected results sometimes such as those rare chimera plants one sees every so often. Now, can you imagine a cold x warm group chimera.....
  5. And now I understand....
  6. 9 August 2018 43 Days old A friend told me they had achieved 93%+ success by grafting with parafilm. So, stoked to see some are getting that particular grafting style down pat. Now If we can start seeing some more grafting pictures....
  7. 40 days old 6 August 18
  8. First, I notice my scion is a little moist and has been moist for about about a week. Now, letting her rest longer before undressing her would be nice as it would allow her to poke out the top and look around. Letting her poke out would also help keep her top on. Trust me, its no fun when the top comes off prematurely if its not done just right. So, one pull with the blade down the side and away from the scion loosens things up a bit. Now, one could be done at this point if one wanted to as this will release some moisture and allow the parafilm dressing to fall off of its own accord given some time. Still, if one is impatient, you can gently peel the dress back on both sides so as not to alert the scion that anything is even happening. No pressure on her whatsoever. Once the dress is sufficiently peeled back, you may lightly shimmy the dress up and back by pushing up on the parafilm rather than pulling or tugging at the parafilm. If any resistance is met... remember, "No means No" and do not persist with your efforts today. Perhaps tomorrow she will be in the mood and a little more loosened up. Never force it!
  9. She's hot, sticky sweet. From her head to her feet.... she's drenched and ever so moist...
  10. Grafting Brugmansia is about as easy as grafting cacti @Gimli With that being said, green pieces of Brugmansia can be adequately grafted with just parafilm. However, self-adhesive coban as a first or secondary larger is very nice to use for older wood when it comes to Brugmansia. I say that as coban can exert a lot more force to hold a cut that is slightly off in place so that the union forms more easily. The down side of very green specimens and grafting with Brugmansia... they tend to dry out very easily if not covered almost completely in parafilm and or coban. I've used humidity domes to increase humidity with very green specimens and even filled water bags up to surround the graft to supply extra water to grafts to ensure they did not dry out... believe it or not... it worked.
  11. Cut up a batch of 100 + Trichocereus/Echinopsis grown out from seed and a few named cultivars
  12. I've used both of these methods myself as well. Unlike parafilm, you won't have to worry about too much humidity with grafts this size exposed to so much open air. The opposite though is often true. Meaning you may have to contend with scions drying up faster than you might like. This presents more of a problem if there is a bit of tissue that has an air bubble that has managed to get into the graft union or worse... a bit of tissue that has not seated properly at all. This is why with grafts this size I frequently use self-adhesive coban or another material to draw down the sides and ensure I have good seating all the way around. Enough of my rambling, I love the fact that @Gimli your showing different grafting techniques. Each one with its own distinct advantages and disadvantages. Something you learn best by becoming proficient at them all. I'll look forward to updates from you on these grafts. And one quick question... is that one graft I thought was parafilm... cling wrap or parafilm? If parafilm, you sure as heck got a big sheet of that one to work with or at least it looks that way from my perspective which of course could be wrong.