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Was asked to do a write-up on "Slab Grafting" cacti as there is not one here nor much info online (even though the name pretty much speaks for itself). This style of grafting is a good way of really bumping up your numbers of a particular scion with only a small amount of material and gives great results. This is the grafting stock I'll be using. I now prefer straight cuts but in the past I used to bevel the stock before placing the scion This is the scion I'll slab Cut the material into slices, as thick or as thin as you want Then cut the piece in half Line up the now vascular line with the ring of the stock and hold it down by whatever means of pressure you prefer This was actually done a few weeks ago, not the scion above but you get the idea. TPM x Scop starting to pup Play around with the method. You could cut the piece into quarters so it goes further
I've a question for my more experienced cactus growers:- I see Epiphyllum cactus that have taken to the highest most reaches of trees. They grow quickly and have lost all attachment to the soil. Whilst tree lopping from an Elevated Work Platform the thought struck me of grafting small ground dwelling cactii onto them. The shade is about right for the terrestrials I was thinking about using. This would put them well out of sight of any unscrupulous types that would take them away. In fact I think I'd enjoy seeing them, eyes glued to the ground, trying to find them. Do more experienced grafters foresee any problems I might incur?