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PostSubject: Some degrafting   Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:27 am

Each year before spring I reject some of the least best of my cultivar plants from my breeding program. I degraft them and grow them own roots. After seven years even the rejects are nice plants but not good enough to breed with any more.
These ones have been drying on our kitchen table for the last couple of weeks. Can you believe my wife's friend was saying how ugly they are? I am sure that you will like them better.
Largest plant 150mm, smallest 60mm.
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PostSubject: Re: Some degrafting   Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:55 am

Nice plants. I really like the one in the top left corner. If that's what you call second best then your prized ones must be quite spectacular. I have a few Aztekiums i am looking at de-grafting soon. Haven't decided yet though.

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PostSubject: Re: Some degrafting   Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:32 pm

Hi,
The astro cv red looks nice. What process are you planning to use for them to root? Did you use any rooting agent after degrafting?
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PostSubject: Re: Some degrafting   Thu Aug 22, 2013 5:09 am

Ugly, ha? Did you tell her to buy herself some spectacles? I would take them this minute, if you were any closser. bounce 
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PostSubject: Re: Some degrafting   Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:49 am

Thanks for the compliments everyone.
Sneaky; yes the ones I have kept for breeding are very nice, when it comes to breeding selection is everything. I am aiming to produce really good quality and it is a basic fact that the selection you make is only as good as the plants you reject. No point in raising thousands of seedlings from substandard parents, if you keep rejecting plants that are just ok then after half a decade or so the plants retained for breeding are really worth going forward with.
Also I have never had any luck with getting roots on degrafted Aztekium but it is worth a try maybe.
Nehme: I don't use anything on the cuts, just dry them upside down inside the house for about a week so the cut surface doesn't go mouldy, then wait a couple of months for them to throw roots.
Maja, funny my wife's friend came round for a few hours and at first she said they were ugly but then after an hour or two she started to notice details and began to think they were nice.
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PostSubject: Re: Some degrafting   Thu Aug 22, 2013 12:08 pm

My girlfriend is the same. The longer she spends in my collection the more they grow on her. I wasn't aware it was difficult to get roots on aztekiums. I may have to do some more research I think.
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