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PostSubject: The knives are out!   Tue Nov 06, 2012 3:25 pm

I decided this post should have a thread of its own so I moved it out of the cube.
In the last couple of months and those to come I will be butchering some of my favorites in the name of proliferation. I'll try to get time to paste some of them here. This Oby was the runt of its litter and grew very slowly at first but turned out to be a real beauty . After a number of years of waiting for it to get big enough I had the knives out recently and chopped it. Ouch!

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PostSubject: Re: The knives are out!   Wed Nov 07, 2012 8:26 am

What was that grafted on?
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PostSubject: Re: The knives are out!   Wed Nov 07, 2012 10:36 am

Ouch..
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PostSubject: Re: The knives are out!   Wed Nov 07, 2012 6:05 pm

It was on Perry but now two quarters are on giant Harry stocks to push them. The half on perry is still growing and will give me a few more bits in the next year or so I hope.
Kandahar, Ouch alright, I really loved this one, things you do heh......
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PostSubject: Re: The knives are out!   Wed Nov 07, 2012 8:21 pm

Especially after you mentioned that you grew it for such a long time!! Sometimes I don't even want to sow the seed in the stash draw incase I mess them up!! haha..

I really do look forward to the updates in the comming future though..
p.s.. when you say perry do you mean Pereskiopsis? and whats Harry haha?

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PostSubject: Re: The knives are out!   Wed Nov 07, 2012 9:09 pm

Harissia jusbertii
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PostSubject: Re: The knives are out!   Thu Nov 08, 2012 9:01 am

Thanks, IXOXI
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PostSubject: Re: The knives are out!   Thu Nov 08, 2012 7:37 pm

Cool Smile Sometimes you just gotta bite the bullet !

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PostSubject: Re: The knives are out!   Sat Dec 01, 2012 8:07 am

A bit more knife work






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PostSubject: Re: The knives are out!   Wed Dec 05, 2012 5:33 pm

'...chaffy grain beneath the thresher's flail'
First I cut off all their fingers then slice through the tap root and graft them. This is tonight's overtime for me....
They are Confusus purple form X Kotschoubeyanus elephatidens

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PostSubject: Re: The knives are out!   Mon Dec 10, 2012 12:14 pm

What an epic photo crypto Smile

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PostSubject: Re: The knives are out!   Mon Dec 10, 2012 1:29 pm

This might sound like a silly question but I have waited and no one else has asked it so here go's Smile
Do you graft the fingers as well as the tap root ?

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PostSubject: Re: The knives are out!   Mon Dec 10, 2012 2:24 pm

You make the cut about halfway down the taproot (white section) and graft the entire top half.

It is also possible to graft the bottom section upside down and occasionally it will pup from the tap root and form a new plant, for me it is very hit and miss and I just sacrifice the bottom.


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PostSubject: Re: The knives are out!   Mon Dec 10, 2012 2:37 pm

Thanks for the reply I haven't had much luck grafting the bottom half ether so I normally bin it. Crypto had said he cut the fingers off so I was wondering why.

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PostSubject: Re: The knives are out!   Mon Dec 10, 2012 3:14 pm

ohhh I missed that part of his post, now I have the same question !! Why cut off the fingers ?

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PostSubject: Re: The knives are out!   Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:14 pm

Graft the fingers separately, and meanwhile the main bit should offset to make clumps. Each seedling would make 3-5 grafted plants.
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PostSubject: Re: The knives are out!   Tue Dec 11, 2012 12:56 pm

Graft the fingers that's funny. While it is possible to tubercle graft arios it takes more than a year for them to shoot quite often they will not shoot at all. So I only bother with that method on plants that are truly one of kind. Even then I use big chunky tubercles off large plants and the process involves totally ruining the parent plant's appearance. With these I'm not that keen as nearly a third of that seed batch showed variegation(a result I was blown away by). If some turn out as exceptional plants then I would grow them to a good size and graft adult size tubercles
Actually I cut the fingers off just to be mean!
No... the reason I cut off the fingers is because they are so tall otherwise that when you apply the downward pressure needed to make the scion adhere to the stock they often want to flip over.
Funny...My son said graft the fingers too (he's seven, and a chip off the old block I must say) and he was really disappointed when I said I couldn't be bothered.
He also suggested using my spare larryleachias as graft stocks for my Psuedolithos cubiformis which is now definitely on the cards!
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PostSubject: Re: The knives are out!   Tue Dec 11, 2012 1:07 pm

You could send me the fingers Very Happy
Bet I could make 'em talk... Err grow. Yes grow is what I meant to say!
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