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grafted Aztekium forming pups

Postby evelyn » Thu May 31, 2012 11:46 pm

Hello cacti peeps,

My grafted aztekium is forming a few of pups at the top (see pic). Visually, I am less than thrilled with this behavior. There's nothing I can do about it now, but is there anything I can do in the future to prevent this from occurring?
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Re: grafted Aztekium forming pups

Postby CactusFanDan » Fri Jun 01, 2012 1:00 am

Grafted Aztekiums offset far more readily than plant on their own roots, as you can probably tell. Maybe try regrafting the plant onto a rootstock which causes the scion to grow closer to their natural form. Hylocereus is meant to be good for this. If that doesn't work, then you could graft onto a slower growing rootstock, such as Cereus jamacaru.

Not sure if either of those would help, but I hope it gives you some ideas. :)
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Re: grafted Aztekium forming pups

Postby hoteidoc » Sat Jun 02, 2012 12:11 am

Very nice job, Evelyn! =D> Might have to rethink my opposition to grafting since I germinated some hintonii back in Jan. -- tiny round balls that have grown a "tiny" bit since then, right up there with columnars & living long enought to see a real plant or flowers on columnars! :roll:
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Re: grafted Aztekium forming pups

Postby cactus2001 » Sun Jun 03, 2012 5:05 pm

neat cactus! keep up the good growing
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Re: grafted Aztekium forming pups

Postby tudedude » Wed Jun 20, 2012 1:58 am

I have two aztekium grafts that are pupping like crazy. My theory is that since it's naturally a slow grower, once it's reaches a certain size it will start pupping as the grafting stock keeps trying to push it to grow. Maybe less watering and fert, plus a slower growng stock will reduce the chances of pupping?
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Re: grafted Aztekium forming pups

Postby evelyn » Wed Jun 20, 2012 7:32 pm

Yeah, yall must be right. Even though he's a happy cacti, I'm bummed about the pups. What happens as they grow? Is it possible to chop them off without too much scaring on the mother plant?
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Re: grafted Aztekium forming pups

Postby promethean_spark » Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:45 pm

If you pamper it less it may grow slower and pup less. Aztekium have a relatively dry stem and have a lowish grafting success rate, I would try to graft the pups but not regraft the mother plant.
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