Sunday, March 10, 2013

Top Heavy Grafts and a Little About My Setup

Here are some pictures showing what can happen when you graft on a pereskiopsis that is a little too much on the tall side. You can see just how much they lean; if they didn't have the sides of the tubs they are planted in to lean on, they probably would have up-rooted themselves. The amazing part is, they continue to grow like always. Pereskiopsis is a very adaptable plant, and can put up with just about anything. The scions in these pictures are all Trichocereus Peruvianus, except the one that has been topped; I think this is a Macrogonus. They all have tags at their base, but with the way they are leaning it's hard to tell where they all start.
The trays they are planted in hold about 30 pereskiopsis each, and are about 13 inches long by 8 inches wide, and have only about 2 inches of soil (see The Best Cactus Soil). Pretty amazing huh? In addition to this, 4 of these trays (roughly 120 pereskiopsis and grafted pereskiopsis) are placed under just 26 watts of fluorescent light, and they all grow like weeds.
Everyone can have a cactus collection, and they can do it on the cheap. I will get into the details of my whole set up in the future. Thanks, comment and subscribe to my feed.


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