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PostSubject: Grafting HELP ... Emergency graft   Tue Jun 30, 2015 12:27 pm

Hi Folks,
I was at a friends office yesterday and had to rescue a very large grafted gymno.
The grafting stock has reduced to a puddle of mush, thankfully the gymno does not appear to be affected by this.
I've removed the lower pups in preparation for the graft and push away as much of the stock as I can but really need some advice on how to go about grafting it.
Wrong time of year I know however need to do something.
I have a reasonable sized piece of trich pach that I can "spare" wondering whether a flat graft or impale would have a better chance?
Below are some picture of what I am dealing with.
The photo's don't do it justice but this gymno is HUGE.

Correct me if I am wrong but this type of gymno cannot grow on it's own roots right?

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PostSubject: Re: Grafting HELP ... Emergency graft   Tue Jun 30, 2015 1:16 pm

Depending on the cause of rot there is always a chance the disease has travelled through the sap into the scion. Time will tell. Anyway I would just graft it as per usual and see what happens. Cut the bottom off about 15mm up from the base. Just check to see that the core isn't discoloured or turning to jelly. If it has I would graft the pups and discard the main head.

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PostSubject: Re: Grafting HELP ... Emergency graft   Wed Jul 01, 2015 12:18 pm

Thanks sneaky,
Well I gave it a go yesterday. The rot had not spread and the tissue looked very healthy.
Just have to wait and see if it takes.
I was reading up yesterday and there were a few sites saying the purple gymno do produce chlorophyll and can grow on own roots?
Guess if the graft doesn't take I can try striking it and grow it on its own roots.
There is heap of pups so got a few chances at least.
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PostSubject: Re: Grafting HELP ... Emergency graft   Thu Jul 02, 2015 5:09 am

This exact colour often do good on its own roots.

Do graft it until it recowers, then I would try to root it.
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PostSubject: Re: Grafting HELP ... Emergency graft   Wed Jul 08, 2015 10:14 pm

I have exactly the same purple gymno happily growing on own roots in a mix heavy with coral grit. Not a fast grower but it puts on a bit each yeat and flowers for quite some months. Had flowers on it last month oddly enough as its under 10oC at night here now.
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