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Astrophytum asterias Graft Attempt

When my year 2000 batch of Astrophytum asterias seeds germinated, I noticed a number of mutant seedlings in the pots. These mutants are usually misshapen, and look reddish because they lack chlorophyll. In order to keep them alive, they need to be grafted onto a stock plant. According to some books (and people) this can be done.

These pictures show my attempt to graft them onto Myrtillocactus geometrizans stock. There is a great disparity in size, so I had hoped that the grafts will adhere to the stock through water tension. They were not successful, however.

The three graft attempts from various angles.

Close-ups

Close-ups

I don't have much experience with grafting seedlings, but I hope to continue to give it a try. After all, Gymnocalycium is one of my favourite genus, and they are notoriously famous for producing wacko seedlings.


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