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Grafting on Opuntia spp.: Your personal experience page 1


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The use of Opuntia bergeriana stock for grafting cactus was quite common in the early year of this century (mainly in France and northern Italy). Frost hardy Opuntia (like phaeacantha, fragilis, umifusca, arenacea, polyacantha, acc…) has also been widely used for Pediocactus, Sclerocactus and other winter hardy cactus. But many people write me to show their personal grafting method using various Opuntia species stocks, I'm very glad to publish in this page your personal grafting methods and photos. [click on the friends name to see more pics and info]

Denmoza erythrocephala
40 years old grafted
on O. bergeriana

E-mail: gerard.ardisson1@free.fr 
URL: http://www.cactus-succulents.com

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.

Lophophora williamsii grafted on Austrocylindropuntia subulata
Lophophora williamsii
Graft on
Opuntia subulata.

  Name:    MIKE 

I graft on Opuntia subulata (Austrocylindropuntia subulata) and find it too be VERY fast growing/rooting. I am going to try your technique of  grafting onto freshly cut, unrooted pieces of Opuntia, then rooting after the graft takes. This is amazing because it will allow me to produce more grafts with  less material, all in less time. I have never seen this done before!

Cactus grafted on Opuntia compressa

  Name    EUGENIY SAFRONOF       UPDATED October 22 2004

Photo of cactus graftted on Opuntia compressa made by Eugenyi in Russia

Revitalization of a Pediocactus despainii from a single areole!


Regeneration of plant from one areole! 

A small Pedio despainii tubercle (only one areole!) grafted on an  hardy Opuntia seedling. The original Pedio suffered one attack from snails and is almost died.



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