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I trimmed 42 different cacti specimens in my garden. Now we wait for them to callous over and wonder what we are to do with these clones of my specimens.

 

Took a few Pereskiopsis cuttings so I can graft another 600+ seedlings I have going.

 

Admired a few variegated Trichococereus throwing out pups still a bit on the small side for clipping, but getting to clipping size.

 

And I gazed dreamily at some of my very fat Trichocereus scopulicola x Trichocereus terscheckii 5b21d55f2db80_TrichocereusscopulicolaxTrichocereusterscheckii425.thumb.jpg.25b94fd6e69f7483341bc4da34a63ef8.jpg

And of course I checked on my variegated crested Trichocereus pachanoi areole5b21d658041c4_variegatedcrestedTrichocereuspachanoi24.thumb.jpg.07ac0401dcb12c472eb1e4fd3b25e7cc.jpg sitting still and not doing anything, but even that is a good sign given its age.

 

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I finished removing pups so my 6 cm willi is all spherical again

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I'm in no rush to degraft as long as its growing. Has this gotten to the point that it would benefit from a larger pot? I'm wondering if the scion throwing out roots is a hint.

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Its pretty hot here and all seedlings get water every second day.

Seedlings 8 month now.

 

 

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quarterpere.thumb.jpg.baedf5b0f7aeebbef4cfc58eb6254193.jpgRight now, I'm not sure what is glowing in the garden after I tried to sell a variegated crested pachanoi on the bay for 2.22.

 

With that being said, I've got to re-evaluate what I'm going to graft next just as soon as my stock gets a bit bigger.

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I had coffee with a new aquired peruvianus tipp

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9 hours ago, Pedropark said:

I had coffee with a new aquired peruvianus tipp

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Holy cow that is one nice looking tip. And yes, just the tip is perfectly fine with a specimen like this.

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I woke up with a painfully swollen hand after having been stabbed in the knuckle by a T. peruvianus yesterday.

So I responded by giving my cacti fertilizer so they'll grow even nastier spines.

I doubt non-cactus growers would understand :P

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Inyan, imagine the mother. This is only a small pup. Unfortunatly i have no pics of the mother. This pup was taken from a cutting that died away after severe freezing damage. The pup survived minus 15 celsius and freezing for a couple of days. Saved it. 

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This morning I have spotted the first glimmer of growth on a 10 day old Loph-jusbertii graft, those tiny spines were not there when I grafted :lol:

I love catching the moment when the first trace of success is evident.

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10 hours ago, Elrik said:

This morning I have spotted the first glimmer of growth on a 10 day old Loph-jusbertii graft, those tiny spines were not there when I grafted :lol:

I love catching the moment when the first trace of success is evident.

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Love to see that new life pumping hard for you my friend.

 

Likewise, I noted a very small graft hidden in amongst my stock plants. I can't believe I overlooked this little monstrosity for so long! 

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Repotted my lophs into Dr Greenthumbs grit mix. They look great. They will be chuffed when they wake up in the spring <3

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Finally tried my hand at single-node Pereskiopsis propagation.

If this works reasonably well the next batch will be quite a bit larger.

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53 minutes ago, Elrik said:

Finally tried my hand at single-node Pereskiopsis propagation.

If this works reasonably well the next batch will be quite a bit larger.

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That method most certainly works my friend. Pereskiopsis are hard to kill. However, your stock is going to be super thin for quite some time while it grows.

 

You buried the node I'm assuming since I don't see it. As long as you leave a single node you will get growth for sure.

 

Rock on Elrik.

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Yeah, I anticipated the extremely skinny growth that is likely to occur.

I'm actually doing a parallel experiment to see if I can compensate for that.

Cacti tend to fatten up in strong light so I took a very skinny [like 3 mm] very small rooted peres cutting and planted it in a 6 cm wide 9 cm tall square pot 1/3 filled with soil. The plant just comes up to the rim of the pot. I'm now hardening it off to full sunlight. Once it grows well above the rim of the pot I'll snip off the lower leaves and fill the pot with soil and watch to see how well it fattens up.

I should have those results in before these baby clones are ready for that treatment.

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Here is a single node Pereskiopsis a little further along for you. Not much mind you, but a little.areolePereskiopsis.thumb.jpg.fcf1c04d971621705afeeb0f7b6887c6.jpg

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Thats cute :)

I sure am glad they can be done this way, due to neglect I came embarrassingly close to loosing all my pereskiopsis and now I'm repopulating from extremely weak stock.

In six months I'll be sleeping in a forest of them, though.

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36 minutes ago, Elrik said:

I'll be sleeping in a forest of them, though.

I wouldn't wish that upon my worst enemy :lol:

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Fertilized my Lophs.

To keep them from being buried in mud when it rains I plant them on level, or even slightly elevated ground. That way I can just rinse off the mud spatters with a spray bottle. This, however, makes deep watering tricky.

I took milk jugs, cut a hole in the top, and drilled a 1.5 mm hole on one of the sides nearly on the bottom.

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Rocks or disks of tree branch keep the jugs from touching the buttons.

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And the small size of the drain hole lets the fertilizer water actually soak in before getting too far from the jug.

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I also spotted a long hair tuft growing on a button from a genetic group thats never flowered for me. First flower may be on the way :)

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Grafted some Loph hybrids in the dark because grafting with light isn't challenging enough.

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Thats easy

Heres a picture of me about to graft some san pedros:

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Note that the entire surface can be sterilized with alcohol.

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11 minutes ago, Auxin said:

Thats easy

Heres a picture of me about to graft some san pedros:

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Note that the entire surface can be sterilized with alcohol.

Is that you Auxin? I like to dress up too.

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17 hours ago, Auxin said:

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St Paul. Big ups to @Halcyon Daze for this chunky bit

 

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Tersch and TBM grafts. Slowly getting the hang of it. Got a 2" x 250ft roll of parafilm to try this coming spring/summer. Thanks to @Inyan for the videos you've uploaded

 

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Removed these loph pups from the mother plant and giving Dr Greenthumbs grit mix a whirl. Heard good things.

 

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Bit of TPM from spooge?

 

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Some jourdaniana grafts I did a few months back. Hope to graft some of these pups and maybe do a giveaway

 

This winter pup wise: 5x tbm, 3x tpc x juuls, 2x Pachanoi 'Rod', 1x Peru 'Los Banos' and about 20 pach pups to be used for grafting in future.

Roll on spring...

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2 hours ago, Gimli said:

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St Paul. Big ups to @Halcyon Daze for this chunky bit

 

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Tersch and TBM grafts. Slowly getting the hang of it. Got a 2" x 250ft roll of parafilm to try this coming spring/summer. Thanks to @Inyan for the videos you've uploaded

 

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Removed these loph pups from the mother plant and giving Dr Greenthumbs grit mix a whirl. Heard good things.

 

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Bit of TPM from spooge?

 

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Some jourdaniana grafts I did a few months back. Hope to graft some of these pups and maybe do a giveaway

 

This winter pup wise: 5x tbm, 3x tpc x juuls, 2x Pachanoi 'Rod', 1x Peru 'Los Banos' and about 20 pach pups to be used for grafting in future.

Roll on spring...

 

Your grafts are looking good @Gimli First time I tried that feature<--- I believe. 

 

I love the different jourdaniana grafts as well. I've tried a few seeds germinated in different mixtures one with h202 and one without. The result just a few days into the experiment.... the mixture with h202 does indeed seem to be germinating very well in comparison to the one without, but I've also had two flushes of fungus growth I've had to contend with. Nothing major, just sprayed them surface with 3% h202 and applied a light dusting of sulfur each time. 

 

And thanks for the shout out about the videos. It really means a lot to me as that is why I post those videos... so you cacti enthusiasts can do better with than I do with the knowledge I share. In fact, I had someone whom I consider already very talented at grafting to share their recent attempt at grafting with parafilm and I can already tell... I'm going to be playing second fiddle to them in a very short time... I'm talking days to weeks if they practice sufficiently. While their technique differs slightly from my own, I am very pleased and excited to see such perfection in such a short time with a new grafting technique. 

 

Behind the scenes, when I'm not grafting I'm trying my best to mentor those people I know can be better grafters than myself. The more techniques one has under your belt the less limitations you have. Bottom line, there are many experienced grafters here whom I think would benefit from grafting with parafilm or I would not push it so much. Worst case scenario, you have another technique under your belt that you can pull out and use when the occasion arises.

 

And while I sit at the keyboard taking time to look at your grafts which are very nicely done, I have to make time to take care of some grafting stock, order more labels for my grafts, and hopefully get my seed sowing addiction under control! 

 

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