Adeniums forum: Albino seedling grafting idea

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Name: Mike Carlson
Duluth, MN (Zone 4b)
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JV44
Jun 26, 2013 11:47 AM CST
On another forum where I had posted photos of my seedlings--two of my seedlings are albinos and I have nothing to try a micro-graft with.....another member posed a question that I thought might be a viable solution. She suggested that maybe the albino seedling could be grafted onto another more vigorously growing green seedling side to side, much like Siamese twins, and keep both root systems. I have seen photos of conjoined seedlings that look exactly like this.....could this be possible to do? I think I might try it, only because I have no other option at this point and I know both of my albino seedlings will eventually die anyway.....and I certainly have lots of other healthy seedlings to work with. Any thoughts from anybody on this?

Mike in MN
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11+
Charter ATP Member
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coconut
Jun 27, 2013 2:35 PM CST
Several ways come to mind.

Use a tiny but long rubber band, maybe cut a wider one to a thinner width, cutting the band so it's like a piece of string?

Another thought, to use super glue. Wear thin plastic gloves!!

One thing for sure, you will be amazed at how your normal hands change into all giant thumbed hands that shake uncontrollably! Rolling on the floor laughing

Oh, with a brand new blade in your Exacto knife, shave just a bit of each seedling. Put the cuts together.

I saw the discussion on the Yahoo group. Welcome here, too!
Name: Mike Carlson
Duluth, MN (Zone 4b)
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JV44
Jun 27, 2013 5:36 PM CST
I did exactly as you said--shaved a bit from the facing sides of each and put them together....except instead of rubber bands I used strips of plastic from a plastic shopping bag--you know, when they ask you at the checkout, "Do you want paper or plastic?". Then I placed each in a zip-lock baggy. I didn't want to mess with Super Glue for something so tiny. As for shaky hands.....I've learned to brace my elbows against something, like the table top, or whatever......I do the same when I'm painting extreme detail with my airbrushes. Here's a photo of the "patients" in post-op before placing into baggies.....I used "Black Giant" arabicums to graft the albinos onto--one albino is also a "Black Giant", the other is a Thai soco S1/Golden Bell.

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Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11+
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coconut
Jun 28, 2013 12:27 PM CST
Looks great! (but I bet they're cussing at you!)
Name: Robert B
Bradenton, Florida (Zone 9b)
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RobertB
Jul 1, 2013 9:50 PM CST
Very cool Idea. I hope this works! If it makes it that will be one interesting addy.
Name: Mike Carlson
Duluth, MN (Zone 4b)
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JV44
Jul 1, 2013 10:19 PM CST
I already lost the first one, the "Black Giant" albino.....but it appears that the second one, the Thai soco albino, was successful--at least neither the albino nor the green "Black Giant" it's grafted onto hasn't rotted like the first pairing did.....yet, anyway. We'll just have to give it time and hope for the best.

Mike in MN
Name: Robert B
Bradenton, Florida (Zone 9b)
Plumeria to trade!!!
Enjoys or suffers hot summers Hummingbirder Region: Gulf Coast Amaryllis The WITWIT Badge Seed Starter
Bromeliad Plant and/or Seed Trader Tropicals Ponds Dog Lover Plumerias
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RobertB
Aug 20, 2013 9:53 PM CST
Any luck with this?

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