Super Pointless Projects for the Bored
Project One: Unnecessary Grafting – Schlumbergera x buckleyi onto Cleistocactus strausii
First up we have our victims. The only reason I’m bother with this is because I got the wacky idea that a weeping Christmas cactus standard would be fun. WHY DID I THINK THIS WOULD BE FUN?!
A totally unneeded shot of the top… I guess it’s not TOTALLY unneeded (is unneeded a word? Spell check says it is but it looks really silly to have so many double letters together). You can see that it has a really narrow diameter, which I’m hoping means it will have a nice skinny vascular bundle which will be important (when you see how narrow the vascular bundle is in my christmas cactus).
Top is lopped off! Fortunately it had a small vascular bundle, just like I was hoping for! When you’re grafting you need the vascular bundle to line up properly otherwise the graft won’t take. I’m hoping I got the veins to line up…
The scion! I actually took this off a different christmas cactus (One I got from Mr. Subjunctive) because it had meatier veins. The picture plant is a struggling plant that I got from my mom who got it from her mom who got it from her mom (who probably got it from her mom). I shaved the bottom of this guy so that there would be more surface area exposed with hopes that it’ll increase the chance of the graft taking (and forgot to take pictures!)
The final result! If the graft takes I’m hoping the plant will grow in a more 3-D way (not just a flat spray but more like a fountain). I’m not sure if this will work but I sure hope it does! How great would that look in full bloom (not that I’ve ever gotten a true christmas cactus to bloom)? I didn’t put a picture of it but I put a rubberband around the the rootstock near the graft to keep the graft in place. If you’re interested in seeing another attempt at interspecies christmas cactus grafting, check out Mike Is Bored to see a Christmas cactus grafted onto Epiphyllum!
(Have you ever noticed I really like parenthesis?)
Also, Thanks to those of you who voted for my pictures from the last post!