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PostSubject: Grafting stock   Tue Aug 27, 2013 10:56 am

Hi guys I am looking at grafting a number of P. Aselliformis cuttings.

Has anyone tried grafting to Cereus species? I have one I believe to be Cereus peruvianus. (Very fast growing at 1.8m in one season. Will this be a suitable stock to use?
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PostSubject: Re: Grafting stock   Fri Aug 30, 2013 6:30 am

It is possible to use Cereus peruvianus as grafting stock but the selection of scions are limited.
The key of successful grafting is the selection of a similar hardness between scions and stocks.
If you used a cuttings of peruvianus as the stock, seedlings and young small cacti are difficult to graft because they have different hardness.
Relatively old and large scions suite to graft onto peruvianus cuttings.

If you can get peruvianus seedlings, the scion selection will be wider.

I think C. peruvianus was used often as grafting stocks around 1930s.
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PostSubject: Re: Grafting stock   Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:35 pm

Thanks for the info hanazono. So I decided to use Opuntia cochenillifera for the Pelechyphora's. 100% success and growing very nicely. Bit slow but its apparently supposed to produce a very natural looking scion.
Random question:
Has anyone ever tried grafting a root stock upside down? I heard a rumor the other day that a guy tried it with a loph tap root and it "turned inside out" and kept growing. (obviously an exaggeration on the story tellers part). Has anyone heard anything about this before??

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PostSubject: Re: Grafting stock   Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:50 am

Yep upside down grafts will work, I personally don't bother unless I have a freak or limited supply of scions as they grow slower and waste valuable root stock.

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