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PostSubject: Monstrose Astrophytum caput-medusae   Mon Feb 06, 2012 12:51 am

Ok, I'm pretty excited about this, but I need to think about how to handle it. I have a container that has a number of AMC seedlings in it, which I have been grafting onto various root stocks (mainly Pereskiopsis). There were around 60-70 when I started. I have gone halfway through them, and what should I discover, but a monstrose ACM. I will shoot some pictures of it tomorrow, so you can see it's for real. It's much wider then normal seedlings, and has two heads each with a pair of prongs and their own separate tubercle coming out from between them. Never seen anything like it before. Is it rare? Have any of you seen them before? I want to graft it, but I am a bit nervous of destroying it, if the graft doesn't take....
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I will get a couple of photos and post them after I have a sleep.
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PostSubject: Re: Monstrose Astrophytum caput-medusae   Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:30 am

You will have to post a pic for us Smile however I will say that caput do tend to do some strange things.

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PostSubject: Re: Monstrose Astrophytum caput-medusae   Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:43 am

I just got up, so after brekky, I will go photo it
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PostSubject: Re: Monstrose Astrophytum caput-medusae   Mon Feb 06, 2012 10:32 am

Ok, here is the picture. It looks like siamese twins joined along one side, but just one root at the bottom.
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It is on the right side of the image, near the top. There is a slight crease where they should have been separate seedlings.
Should I graft it?
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PostSubject: Re: Monstrose Astrophytum caput-medusae   Mon Feb 06, 2012 12:49 pm

I see the one your talking about I would graft it and see what happens. Your seedlings look nice and healthy Smile

Out of the caput I have grown I have had a few seedlings do this kind of thing and they turned out normal for me, but you just never know. I would definitely graft it.

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PostSubject: Re: Monstrose Astrophytum caput-medusae   Wed Feb 08, 2012 9:52 pm

Sorry but this isn`t very rare.
In 1-2 Years it`s a normal plant. I also have this in my seedlings.

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PostSubject: Re: Monstrose Astrophytum caput-medusae   Thu Feb 09, 2012 1:01 am

Too bad. So now I wonder what the monstrose ACMs look like as seedlings. Or does that show up at a much later stage?
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