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Pereskiopsis spathulata forest
« on: August 27, 2014, 07:07:24 PM »
The start of a Pereskiopsis spathulata forest. Cuttings were planted in a mix of 25 % cactus soil and 75% black earth.  I will be growing them under a 400W MH lamp.



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Re: Pereskiopsis spathulata forest
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2014, 07:07:23 PM »
Close to 6 weeks later and most plants have 3-4" of new growth.

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Re: Pereskiopsis spathulata forest
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2014, 11:29:47 PM »
is there and advantage using pereskiopsis over a columnar cactus? 

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Re: Pereskiopsis spathulata forest
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2014, 05:17:49 AM »
There are many advantages such as the ability to graft 5-14 day old seedlings, having Lophophora to flowering size within 6-9 months of grafting and being able to graft single areoles.

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Re: Pereskiopsis spathulata forest
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2014, 01:24:35 PM »
grafting in 14 days, wow!  will you post an example of this?  i would still imagine specimens grown on their own roots are more desirable to collectors.  if one were to use 1 cm/1 year lophs for grafts what are the chances the tap root will produce a pup in the event the graft doesn't take?  thanks 

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Re: Pereskiopsis spathulata forest
« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2014, 09:30:22 AM »
In a few weeks I will be doing some grafting and will post the results here. Pereskiopsis are good for grafting small seedlings. I don't think they will work for a 1cm plant.

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Re: Pereskiopsis spathulata forest
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2015, 12:28:54 AM »
Nice forest indeed my friend. I miss grafting. I haven't done it in a while. I have video somewhere where I taught my oldest son to graft trees when we lived in Belgium. Seeing these forums of yours have me wanting to graft again though to be sure.Good luck in your endeavors.
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Re: Pereskiopsis spathulata forest
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2015, 04:25:43 PM »
I have a few more now.

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Re: Pereskiopsis spathulata forest
« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2015, 11:23:46 PM »
any chance you'll post some pics showing how you would go about anchoring one on after grafting?

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Re: Pereskiopsis spathulata forest
« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2015, 11:25:19 PM »
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Re: Pereskiopsis spathulata forest
« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2015, 12:16:22 AM »
With such young seedlings and using pereskiopsis, you don't need to anchor. Just lightly press down on it for a few seconds to ensure there is no air bubbles. Use humidity rather than anchoring. Keep them humid for around a week using whatever you have. You can also graft the bottom portion as well, leaving the (cleaned)root pointed up. It will grow strange at first, but eventually grow normally.
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Re: Pereskiopsis spathulata forest
« Reply #11 on: January 24, 2015, 04:44:21 PM »
Pereskiopsis is indeed very good for grafting and often you don't have to use pressure for such young seedlings with pereskiopsis. Your advice is very good HorribleHippie, but one thing I have found to be true is that Pereskiopsis can dry out if not kept humid enough as you also mentioned. You may also get floaters with Pereskiopsis as the seedlings may become detached if too much juice is being pushed up through the stem. A way to counteract the humidity problem as well as those floaters is to use saran wrap over the top of the seedling as this holds in the moisture and also holds down the seedling to prevent its floating off if you happen to water your pereskiopsis too much during the early grafting process. This simple addition of saran wrap or wax film if you would rather use it... keeps both problems from happening. In short, no humidity issue and no floaters with one simple fix. Your advice to graft the rooted portion up is also important as that gives you two tries to get your technique down and essentially doubles your grafted specimens genes at the very least allowing you to trade one specimen while keeping the other and not loosing your genetic variability you so desired from growing your own seeds at the same time. So, its a definite win/win when you graft both the bottom and the top as you mentioned. In addition to the wax film or saran wrap method or in lieu of that you can always simply place a cup over your newly grafted specimen as well to keep the humidity up, but that won't deal with the potential problem of floaters should they occur.
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Re: Pereskiopsis spathulata forest
« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2015, 07:27:29 PM »
It has been a while since your last update with this post Roach. Any picture updates or grafts? I have a few spectacular specimens that I'm dying to post myself... but my stock plants are no where near actively growing with the cold we have been having and my greenhouse as I've recently found out.. is not keeping the cold out. Its in need of repairs to say the least and I've lost a substantial amount of the stock plants I had due to the cold. Suffice it to say, my stock is not as plentiful as it once was, but that hurt a bit to say the least. Luckily, I never keep all my eggs in one basket even if it is a nice basket. Such is life. Needless to say, I'm in hog heaven looking at what you have going and watching your progress. I know I'm not the only one that gets excited when someone else is making progress with such things as grafting and making new crosses. Heck, I even get excited when I hear someone is intentionally crossing Northern varieties with Southern varieties within the same species... so I'm easy in that regard. Of course, the more spectacular the cross is the better. Say a Northern crested specimen to a Southern monstrose version with one parent being variegated would of course get my attention more than the previously mentioned, but that is just my nature. I love the color variations in the L. jourdaniana type flowers to be sure... but have you noticed how closed lipped some of the hybridizers are about their methods with harder crosses with Lophophora? There doesn't seem to be a lot posted about how those rarer crosses came to be made... I have my theories of course.... Enough rambling. Post some updates when you get the chance Roach!
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Re: Pereskiopsis spathulata forest
« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2015, 07:17:05 PM »
Not much to update here. They are getting bigger and I should have taken cuttings 1-2 weeks ago. I will double them one or two times before spring and then transfer outside. Grafting will start late summer/fall.
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Re: Pereskiopsis spathulata forest
« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2015, 11:40:20 PM »
Those Pereskiopsis are definitely looking nice and healthy and growing fine. I'm being a bit impatient this year and trying to make some winter grafts on some Stenocereus griseus stock.
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