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This is a graft which I would like to augment with a larger stock plant. The Melocactus graft at the top is 2 years 9 months old. Its progress is documented in the Miscellaneous Seeds Page and the Melocactus Graft Page. After a span of time in an aquaculture box, the Myrtillocactus stock has been damaged by salt deposits, so I wanted to add a new length of healthy stock plant.

First I wanted to look at the condition of the stock. It was in pretty good shape internally, the flesh was green and firm. The only problem was the unsightly salt damage.

Next, the stock plant is prepared. The edges are beveled to allow for shrinkage and a little water is splashed on top to keep the cut moist.

Prior to connecting thr graft to the stock, a cut is made again on the graft in order to expose fresh tissue. Since I had earlier cut the graft to check the condition of the old stock plant, the cut area had begun to dry up and shrink. Without a new cut, the graft might have a smaller chance of success.

The above pictures show the finished flat grafting procedure. Rubber bands hold the joint in place. A long cactus spine can be used to hold the two cut ends securely in place.


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