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Propagate succulents by grafting


Propagate succulents by grafting:




Some succulents have a very slow and stunted development, some even fail to survive on their own because they lack chlorophyll; in these cases it is very useful to graft the weak succulents onto other more vigorous, less delicate or faster growing succulents.
This type of practice is carried out successfully especially on cacti; vigorous plants are chosen as rootstocks, such as echinopsis, mirtillocactus, or various types of cereus; on these are grafted ariocarpus, gymnocactus, or other species of difficult cultivation.
The best time is spring or early summer, because the plants must be in full vegetative growth to be successfully grafted.
We choose the plant rootstock healthy and well developed, and we understand it with a clean and very sharp blade, at the center of the cactus we will notice a lighter and fleshier bundle of tissue, it is on that portion of tissue that we are going to graft our scion.
We take the pint small and with little development and we cut it, always with a well sharpened blade, so as to obtain the most beautiful part, generally the apex.
If in the meantime the rootstock has dried we will cut a thin slice of fabric, so as to expose the most moist and fresh part, to whose contact we will apply our scion, which is also very moist; taking care to match the central areas of the cactus as closely as possible against each other.
We secure the scion to the rootstock with the help of rubber bands, or with raffia or scotch tape, so that for the first few days the two plants remain in perfect contact.
We place our grafted plant in a warm, well-ventilated and shaded place, away from direct sunlight.