Monday, July 18, 2005

Seedling grafting on Pereskiopsis - II

Well, my first experience with grafting on Pereskiopsis spathulata was a limited success – limited by a combination of stupidity and clumsiness. I ignored the advice of experts and watered the Pereskiopsis plants heavily before grafting. As a result the small seedling scions were soon sailing away on a sea of cactus sap. When trying to correct this I managed to knock off half of the scions. Despite this treatment two of the grafts took (one each of L. williamsii, RS 428A, Cuatro Ciénegas, Coahuila and L. diffusa RS 1193, Peña Miller, Queretaro). Especially the Lophophora williamsii graft is doing great – in 11 weeks it’s grown to a width of 1.9 cm (0.75’’).

Lophophora williamsii seedling grafted on Pereskiopsis spathulata
Lophophora williamsii seedling grafted on Pereskiopsis spathulata

The Pereskiopsis spathulata plants are easy to grow. I planted the ‘waste products’ from the graft, and along with the plants where the graft didn’t take, they now make up a shrubbery that would make even the Knights who say ‘Ni’ happy.

Pereskiopsis spathulata 'shrubbery'
Pereskiopsis spathulata ‘shrubbery’

The hardest part of growing Pereskiopsis is to remember to give them a generous treatment with plenty of water ;-)

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  1. Hi Lophophora,
    Till wich tall do you let your Pereskiopsis grow until you graft them? And what about the Trichocereus as a stock? I've grafted 1year ago a Payote in one with 1,40 meters.
    Oh... and i wasn´t suceeded on grafting peyote on Opuntia =( if you remember me.

  2. First of all: sorry for the late reply. In general my stock is 10-15 cm (4-6'') high after being cut in preparation for the graft. This goes for both Pereskiopsis and Trichocereus. You’ll probably get better growth rates by using larger stock plants, but they’ll also be harder to handle and, in my opinion, less pleasing to the eye ;-)

    I’m sorry to hear about your failed Opuntia graft – I’ve experimented with seedling grafting on Opuntia and most of them took… stay tuned for more information on this…


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