Graft scion on rootstock

The dragon cactus is considered a vine. This plant bends like a rubber
hose when it is longer than 36 inches. It is stiff enough to be a column
cactus when it is less than 20 inches. Color pincushion cactus are often
grafted to the top of hylocereus. These are sold as decorative house plants.
Also, there are several books on cacti detailing how to do your own grafts,
though buying the decorative house plants is easier."

Usually, grafting is used to increase the hight of a cactus. Flowering
Christmas or Easter castus are grafted on top of a column so the vines
hangs down like the branches of a willow tree.

Some people graft dragon fruit vines on top of column cactus so that it
is easier to stake and manage the plant. I heard about the following
kind of grafting from Ramiro Lobo. In this case a dragon fruit vine is
grafted on another dragon fruit plant (rootstock) so that the flowers can
cross pollinate.






The wood core is removed from the scion by twisting and cutting.
This creates an empty cavity at the bottom 2 to 3 inch of the scion.
The rootstock is trimmed so that there is a 0.1 inch diameter wood
stem protruding from the top. Since the wood protrusion match the
cavity on the scion, the two pieces can be plugged together. The
junction is sealed with wax or tape.






These are graft experiment made by Saeed Waqas. He used native
Pakistani cactus for rootstock.


Waqas has email contact at saeedwaqas at gmail.com.




How to graft cactus Union County College, New Jersey


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