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What to do with this old graft?

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Heya,

I want to share with you one of my latest additions, what looks to be a very old grafted Lophophora w. caespitosa. Never saw such corking before, I wonder what can be done to make it look better? I thought about degrafting, or cutting some of the younger buttons. What do you think is the best thing to do for it?

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IMO that's not a caes specimen; multi heads were the result of grafting.

For best looks, degraft, root out in deep pots with a thick layer of rock top dressing to hide the corking.

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That corking looks like serious spider mite or thrip damage to me :D , just gotta let it grow out healthy.

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That corking looks like serious spider mite or thrip damage to me :D , just gotta let it grow out healthy.

Agreed, the damage looks very spider mite like. Either de-graft, or keep it as is and let it grow out.. Would take years to look nice and green again though.

Just gotta be careful and check them over for mites regularly. I've had similar instances and indoors on a bright but not direct sunlit windowsill works well :)

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I figured it might be spider mite damage, anyway there are no mites left, just the aftermath...

If it was mine in the first place I wouldn't let it reach such a poor state, I just got it from a collector who got it from someone else. This loph is like an old war veteran now, wish it could speak to me and tell me about days of glory... :)

zelly, you recommend separating each of the heads and pot it individually? They would grow much faster if I re-graft each of the smaller heads, maybe it's a better idea to do and pot just the main one as it is big enough to grow on roots of its own...

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its because its so damaged from mites that i would keep it grafted. that brown will never green up again, at least properly. sometimes in time it flakes off to a "green" but its still scar. grafting will let it grow faster and hide the war stories faster :)

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