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Your Opuntia grafts (photo & personal methods from collectors and friends)
By Gérard Ardisson

France ~ Nice


Cultivation and Mail Sale
of Cacti and Succulents.

Some graft from my collection
Demnoza erythrocephala grafted on Opuntia bergeriana 40 years old
Denmoza erythrocephala
40 years old
Parodia magnifica (syn: Notocactus magnificus)
Parodia magnifica (Notocactus magnificus)
Pilosocereus bradei and Ferobergia hybrid
Pilosocereus bradei & Ferobergia
Austrocactus coxii
Austrocactus coxii
Echinocactus polycephalus
Echinocactus polycephalus grafting
2002 grafting
Graft from year 2002
Tephrocactus molinensis (syn: Opuntia molinensis)
Tephrocactus molinensis on O. bergeriana stock
Pediocactus fickeisenii (syn Navajoa peeblesiana spp. fickeiseniaea)
Pediocactus fickeisenii
Leptocereus weingartianus
Leptocereus weingartianus grafted
Photo by Gérard Ardisson
[for more pics click here]
Site http://www.cactus-succulents.com
E-mail gerard.ardisson1@free.fr 

Since about 20 years I use grafting methods to accelerate the growth of my cacti as well to preserve them from low temperature reached in my non-heated greenhouse, mainly for Brazilian and Caribbean species. This method allows me to cultivate big exemplaries of Pilosocereus, Melocactus, Leptocereus, etc, in this greenhouse where the temperature lowers until -2 or – 3°C in the winter. My preferred grafting stock  is Opuntia bergeriana which has been used earlier by Italian growers and also in the French Riviera nurseries. However for some species I use Myrtillocactus geometrizans or Trichocereus pachanoi. For Tephrocactus and related plants I also use Cylindopuntia subulata as stock. As concerns 1 week to one month old seedlings, Pereskiopsis sp or Selenicereus grandiflorus are preferred.


Melocactus zehentnerii
Melocactus zehntnerii

Jasminocereus thouarsii
Jasminocereus thouarsii graft


Graftings on O. bergeriana is very successful with following genus (I’ve check all these species): Cereus, Pilosocereus, Cleistocactus, Denmoza (see picture of a 40 years Denmoza erythrocephala), Opuntias ( yes, I also grafted some Opuntia sp on bergeriana!)  Copiapoa (very strong growing), Eriosyce, Melocactus, Parodia (particularly Notocactus ( see the picture of a 15 years old  Notocactus magnificus), Pediocactus, Sclerocactus, Tephrocactus, Tacinga and even the are Dendrocereus ..etc. 

Conversely the grafting of Mammillaria sp. is useless with O. bergeriana, I have tempted many times without success and now I’m interested by your experience with O. compressa which gives spectacular results with M. luethyi.


You can see here some grafted plants in my collection



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