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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Dec 5, 2017 7:08 PM CST
How do I graft a Christmas Cactus to my Brazilian Prickly Pear? Some might know I have Brazilian Prickly Pear that I have trimmed into a standard. I would like to do this to it!
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DaisyI
Dec 5, 2017 7:56 PM CST
@ausrpned is probably the one to answer your question. Look at this!

The thread "Grafting cacti" in Cactus and Tender Succulents forum
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ausrpned
Dec 7, 2017 11:06 AM CST
Haven't had any experience with the rootstock species.

Will do a test graft to a cladode of another Opuntiod to see what happens.

Best I think, would be use an actively growing cladode by slicing off the growing tip then affixing the Schlumbergera scion to it on a section of the cambium layer..

I'll try and let you know the outcome.

Cheers
Gingin Western Australia
ausrpned
Dec 8, 2017 8:16 AM CST
Did two test grafts this morning, scions attached this evening, it will be at least 7 days before one can be sure the grafts are successful.

It is an indication as to how one could proceed to achieve the stated goal..

One graft is to a new cladode only, the other is to a new cladode on a rooted plant.

Expect the latter will produce a faster result but hate to speculate.

Cheers

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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Dec 8, 2017 8:28 AM CST
Thank you!! Would I cut into the trunk the same way??
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Gingin Western Australia
ausrpned
Dec 9, 2017 7:40 PM CST
Hi.

I would wait until you were in Spring.

I would then remove any new cladodes forming in an area where they were unwanted and patiently wait until a cladode started to develop in the area where the graft was wanted.

When such a new cIadode appeared and was of the right size, would then, provided the rootstock was in a pot, move the pot to a warm, deep shaded area and carry out the graft. Otherwise you should simulate a shaded area over the graft taking great care not to allow the scion to be contacted.

Once it appeared the graft was successful, slowly move the pot into a well lighted area, or reduce shading slowly if the plant was in strong Sunlight.

Would then perhaps add a little fertiliser, for example water the pot with Chicken Tea at the recommended concentration, to try and have other new cladodes develop in the wanted area.

Remember I have not tried this but it would be the first proceedure I would follow and learn from my mistakes for another attempt.

Cheers
Name: Cheryl
Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Dec 9, 2017 8:09 PM CST
@ausrpned I will follow you to the ends of the Earth! Rolling on the floor laughing Thanks for all you hints. On top of this challenge, I have never grafted before. In fact, I had to Google the word, "cladode". *Blush*
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ausrpned
May 25, 2018 11:19 PM CST
The trial has shown the Opuntia used is not a useful rootstock for the Schlumbergera scions used.

Union occurred but no growth of the scions.

Can't win them all, when I get some "spare" time will try with Hatiora gaertneri.

Rained here yesterday and today, most welcome.

Cheers
Name: Cheryl
Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Plumerias Ponds
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ShadyGreenThumb
May 26, 2018 7:12 AM CST
Thank you for testing, and your results, @ausrpned
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