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Thread: Anyone do a Pereskiopsis "speed demon" graft?

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    I have wondered about that myself. I was thinking they might alter the pigmentation somehow. That, or its a virus like variegation, but I doubt it. Hey, can you post a pick of that G.sp on it's own roots, I would love to have a look. Sad to hear about the non-deadly seed pods though, that would have been so cool

    Pereskiopsis being a succulent, yet not like other succulents - if that makes any sense - will grow from both cuts and nodes. I had one I was going to do a wedge graft with, so I cut into it, but something interrupted me. Anyway, long story short, it began to lean to one side, probably because of the wind, and the cut made contact with another plant and before I knew it, roots were on there way out. I tried to make it climb once before, but it didn't work I wish Gymo could be grown on their own roots. A little terrarium of them would be so cool, especially, set off against that red sand... maybe a little sand-swimmer or something like that running about in there.

    Naked lunch was a great book... makes your head feel like mash-potatoes, but great, nonetheless. I think Lovecraft was the one who have me that extra boot in the **** to write in the way I wanted to, but it was Poe, his American literary counterpart, who got me into fiction to begin with.

    *sigh* I wish I could grow carnivorous like I grow cacti and succulents. I just don't know what I do wrong. Sars, Dio, Dros, all fine... Neps, on the other hand, not a bloody chance. Even the real beginner ones like N. Ventri...

    All well... I'll get there one day, I suppose. Oh, if you want to see some good demo videos on grafting, look up the grafting of Lomp... Willim... on youtube... and use that as your foundation. Most grafts can be done in that way.

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    This is what my plant looks, like minus the bloom. I potted it (it came bare root) so I know it's not grafted on anything (currently anyway):

    I was mistaken on the name it's Gymnocalycium fredrichii not G. mihanovichii as the name the seller sold it to me under. Though I've also seen it sold as G. mihanovichii v. fredrichii !!!


    I enjoy writing short weird fiction and routines as well now after finding authors I actually enjoy. I carry pocket notebooks around incase something strikes (a story or sketch out an image that I need to draw later) I find it's best to get these things down right then or they get lost to the rest of the day.

    Neps were easy for me so long as the species and the temps jived up. Make sure lowlanders are never below 20*C at night and 30*C days with 80%+ RH. Highlanders 5-10*C at night and 25*C OR LESS days and 80% RH with air circulation. the coolest parts of the year (Fall winter and spring) made my highland tank shine! Summer killed off a lot of pretty pitchers (not plants just older pitchers which will last six months or more in cool weather) even though I had the tank plugged into an Air conditioner unit mid june - mid sept was hard on the older pitchers and some plants like N. aristolochioides wouldn't pitcher at all with 30*C days. Very important for the cool species is wet wind. Lowlanders can just sit and steam under lights over a false bottom resivor with an inch of water in it as long as excess steam can vent off through a gap in the lid but highlanders gotta have the flowing moist breeze to keep them hard and fungus free in a cool, wet environment. I also like to use net pots in highland conditions (mainly used by orchid people) because they allow the soil to breathe and drain very fast and then I can water again a few days later. Highlanders like this constant flushing of their pots. I only use ground up long fiber sphagnum and small grade orchid bark/perlite/aquatic soil clay to make a light, quick draining and airy mix. I avoid using any peat for Neps (root rot) LFS only.

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    That cacti rocks. I have some little dumpy yellow, blue and red balls I got the other day which I haven't had the chance to identify. The fell of root stock at a local nursery, so they just gave them to me. I'm going to let them recover for a little while and then graft them on to some Hylocereus which seems to be growing like a weed lately. It's a shame the stuff never bloody fruits, not that it tastes very good, anyway. But, it still looks cool.

    I write too much. I write for Uni, I write for my dissertation, I write for freelance jobs and I write for the fun of it. I've written a fair few short stories, a couple of which are in circulation and a novel which will hopefully by published later this year. I know what you mean about forgetting things. If I wake up after a dream and it was good, I'll write it down, but other than that, I don't bother. Yeah, I've got one of 'those' kind of memories. It gives a lot of people the *****. However, I can't draw, nor could I, even if my life depended on it. It's a shame really, but I guess you can't have everything, right? Can I ask, what do you do in terms of occupation?

    I'm of the same mind as you when it comes to HL neps. I use the net baskets too. The only two low-landers I have are inside in a terrarium. My problem is the temperatures here (here, being Western Australia). Summer day time temps get over 100 and seldom drop below 50 - 60 at night. Winter on the other hand hovers around 50 in the day, sometimes lower, and will often drop to 0 in the night. I think hybrids might be my best choice, though as luck would have it, I seem to be having some manner of good will with this latest N. venti... it hasn't formed any new pitchers, but it is growing like a weed. I was thinking maybe I should attempt to feed it.

    You mentioned fungus. Have you ever had this grow in a terrarium before (hundreds of little white heads forming on the spag moss)? If so, how did you treat it, or what do you think would be good to treat it?

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    I have a very uninteresting job, I operate a machine that inserts things like 401K savings plans and hospital bills into envelopes and stamps postage on them as they exit the far end of the machine. I've been doing it for 10-12 years but I only have to work 2 nights then I have two nights off, work 2 nights, 2 nights off so I feel like I'm hardly ever at work. Our company is really only busy every 3rd month when the business quarters end (January, April, July & October) the rest of the time I spend most of my day writing, drawing or reading in my favorite chair at my machines table cos most of the time out of 12 hour shift there's on 3-6 hours worth of work to do between six people running 3 machines. I can stay at work and get paid to read, write, etc. or go home without pay and do it. If I ever got a job at a fast paced mailing company like when I started I'd be screwed I've gotten so lazy at this place. I used to be sore all over and sweaty everyday when I first got a job at a mailing company back in 1995 but this place is great, super easy!

    Outside that I occasionally sculpt action figures or statues, write lots of apocalyptic or weird short stories and routines that will eventually be coddled together into my own psychedelic novel (or series of them). I've just opened an online skateboard shop to put out some designs I've always wanted to see on decks: old school skate line art (ala Pushead/Jim Phillips/etc), not some photoshop collage and repeating fancy font logos that is so common today. I also edit/layout Battle Helm online metal magazine, used to be sold all over (the Metal Haven shop in Australia and any Tower Records/Shinjuku Superstores if you had them before they folded) but record labels didn't wanna pay more for ads as our circulation increased. How they expected to get a full page ad in a mag with 20,000 circ for $300 is beyond me... We were even offered a German language edition through MPK sold at railway and bus depots all over Germany but Labels either thought we were lying or whatever cos they gave us run around on ads for our 10th issue which would have been the worldwide breakout issue after we finally achieved a good size circulation after working at it for years and years. So we said F--- it all and went online exclusively in 2001 or so. Now there's no stress about print bill or anything else - it's total freedom. Now other newspapers and mags are doing the same thing - it is more ecologically sound not to use paper but a magazine in your hand just feels more "real"... Anyway, I like to keep busy so I add in plants as another hobby! lol!

    As far as soil fungus I would just repot into fresh new long fibered sphagnum and perlite/some drainage material. If you have an infection in the soil, setting the plant back a month or so by repotting is better than trying to fight it with a toxin which could react badly with the Nep. In time the soil fungus will start to bother the Nep too by souring the soil. Sometimes the fungus is just in the outer soil and you don't have to disturb the actual root ball at all but do what you must to excise the virus! lol! High heat and stagnant, moist air will definitely encourage rapid fungal growth. If you can get a small fan 2-4" to hang inside your terrarium / growing area it will mix the air up and help avoid fungus taking root. But get rid of the fungusy soil before adding the fan. You don't wanna end up blowing the fungal spores all over into all the other plants. You won't know they've spread until you see them growing but then it's already too late.

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    Hey here my Pereskiopsis eye candy. A Variegata Pereskiopsis Sp. Maybe the only one in the world!


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    Cool! I just picked up a variegated Euphrobia mammillaris on Sunday. The thing is nearly completely white with jade green shading. It's my first variegated plant.

    My Pereskiopsis cutting that came with no leaves is making some and it looks like the ones who arrived frozen will live but they're slow at re-establishing. After two or three weeks none of my Ariocarpus fizzuratus seeds have germinated anyway so the Pereskiopsis can take their sweet time - I guess there's no rush.

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    yea it take time for Ariocarpus seeds to germinate cause mine didn't germinated till 2 months. Also do you got a pic of the variegated Euphrobia mammillaris

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    hey swords if you need any large Pereskiopsis, just hit me up cause I got a lot and these guys are huge!

    Btw this is a old pic. I got a Pereskiopsis forest now



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