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Gymnocalycium baldianum on Myrtillocactus geometrizans graft

The second major graft is a Gymnocalycium baldianum on Myrtillocactus geometrizans. The operation was performed on 26 Dec 1999.

The grafted Gymnocalycium has a double growing point: this is unusual with Gymnocalyciums but common with Mammillarias. This picture was taken a week or two after the grafting operation, after the cut surfaces have healed.

Left: A closer look at the double growing point, about 2 weeks after grafting. Right: After 2 months, considerable growth can be observed.

By June 2000, the graft has grown rather large. Two heads are now clearly discernable. The graft was rather precarious, but it held. The joint took hold only at one corner, instead of joining uniformly. Growth of the graft was however, thankfully uniform.

More pictures from June 2000. Some new growth can be seen in the pictures. There is some spider mite or scale damage at the base of the graft. If maintained regularly, the bug infestation can be controlled or eradicated.

This graft on this specimen was later removed and replanted in soil, owing to the deterioration of the stock plant. Due to, of course, neglect. The graft was quite badly affected as well, but it did not die. There's still hope yet... A picture of the diseased plant can be found somewhere in the Problems Page.


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