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Taygus

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PostSubject: A True Albino   Thu Nov 07, 2013 10:48 pm

Hi all,

I would like to show you all a grafted Trichocereus that I am truly proud of, some of you may have seen photos of it on another forum but for those of you who have not I hope you enjoy.

This cactus is a T. Lumberjack (peruvianus x bridgesii) X T. Juul's Giant (pachanoi), I got the seeds from the USA at the end of 2012 & sowed them on the 26/1/13. This cactus germinated on the 5/2/13 & looked white or almost clear from the time you could see it, after 13 days it had not grown much at all & was still white so I grafted it onto peres on the 18/2/13.




Four days after graft was done 22/2/13


22/3/13


5/4/13



7/5/13



2/6/13


4/8/13


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I would like to hear if anyone has a cactus similar to this or has ever seen one, as I said at the top I have shown this on other forums & most people say they have never seen anything like it.
I see a lot of schizochromism (missing chlorophyll but has other pigments making cactus look yellow or red) happening in cactus when looking for photos of true albinos (total absence of all pigment).

Also out of interest what would members think a rarity like this would be worth?

Thanks for looking.

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PostSubject: Re: A True Albino   Thu Nov 07, 2013 11:14 pm

Truly unique and being a trich makes it even more valuable. I'm guessing it would be worth thousands to the right collector. If i was you I'd take that plant to the nearest specialist nursery that works with tissue culture and replicate it. Yuruga nursery up here does that kind of thing.

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PostSubject: Re: A True Albino   Fri Nov 08, 2013 12:31 am

That is a truly amazing trich! I love the internet and how we can see all this amazing stuff from other people's collections.

Good luck with it, I hope it grows strong and well for you.
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PostSubject: Re: A True Albino   Fri Nov 08, 2013 4:04 am

I had an albino. It was my first graft. It didn't make it of course.

You did a fine job though.
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PostSubject: Re: A True Albino   Fri Nov 08, 2013 5:57 pm

Taygus, albinos seldom grow - or they die when they get sun burned.
This is a beautiful piece! Concratulations.

Here is a Ferocactus hamatacanthus, one year old

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PostSubject: Re: A True Albino   Fri Nov 08, 2013 7:35 pm

Both strange plants, I've had several albino plants but they all tend to be weak and very sensitive to light, and disease, they all end up dying after a few months...

Taygus,
Your plant appears like it is growing well, how do you think it will go overtime? Is it sensitive to light or diseas? You can't put any type of value on it until you establish it's longevity and all going well if it will be fertile'. Remember a true albino plant cannot survive unless grafted, this would hinder the value.

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PostSubject: Re: A True Albino   Mon Nov 11, 2013 10:00 pm

Thanks for the compliments all Smile.

@Sneaky, I would love to propagate this plant some how but my only idea was doing areole grafts & to be honest I would be to scared of killing it to try, I get nervous thinking about re-grafting it from the peres to bigger stock. I had never thought about tissue culture & don't know a lot about it, I will do some researce when I have some spare time;) 

@Torro, that Ferocactus looks great Wink, thanks for showing us. If you get a chance in a few more months I would love to see some updates.

@Hn, I understand what your saying about the longevity of a plant & how this would affect the price, don't worry I am not planning on selling it well not yet anyway:lol: I just thought I would ask about what people would pay as many have said it so different. It does seem to be a very healthy albino & while growing slower than other tricho grafts it seems to grow constantly, mind you it gets well taken care of as it spends it's life under a 90watt MH light.

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PostSubject: Re: A True Albino   Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:45 pm

I guess I have to agree with Hellonasty unless it can grow on its own roots its only valuable to certain collectors. I for one only like plants that can grow on there own roots.
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PostSubject: Re: A True Albino   Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:59 pm

I guess I have to agree with Hellonasty unless it can grow on its own roots its only valuable to certain collectors. wrote:
Yes, like the red gymnocalycium - that is already sold some million times?
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PostSubject: Re: A True Albino   Wed Nov 13, 2013 8:21 am

Certainy an attractive oddity! Well done getting it this far!
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PostSubject: Re: A True Albino   Wed Nov 13, 2013 11:21 am

Torro wrote:
Yes, like the red gymnocalycium - that is already sold some million times?
Hehehehe too true !!

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PostSubject: Re: A True Albino   Wed Nov 13, 2013 4:49 pm

Yes, it is a beauty. No matter if only on one window sill or spread like the red gymno.
But if it grows good (as I guess) your lumberjack may be multiplied fast. Like this yellow cereus hildmannianus. I like it and so I grow it. Though this one is not my creation.
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