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OfflineOpenminded
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Ariocarpus fissuratus and aztekium ritterii. Any advice?
    #4000906 - 04/01/05 04:17 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

I've decided to have a go at growing these two species from seed. I know they are among the more difficult cacti, especially the aztekium ritterii, so I'm looking for advice from anyone who has experience growing these from seed. Things like soil composition, amount of light, water, fertilisers (if any) etc...
I might graft a few seedlings onto pereskiopsis, but mainly I want to grow them on their own roots. Hopefully I might end up with some really nice cacti in fifteen years or so.

Can anyone help?


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Re: Ariocarpus fissuratus and aztekium ritterii. Any advice? [Re: Openminded]
    #4001057 - 04/01/05 04:54 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

hi openminded!
i would say the best approach at first would be to germinate and graft the seedlings, it doesn't has to be onto pereskiopsis, any rootstock in active growth should do it.
i have used cereus peruvianus for grafting a few lophophora seedlings and it's working wonders so far, they grew so much quicker than the ones on their roots that i ended up grafting them all...
ariocarpus and aztekium are my next project... i should approach like i described.


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Re: Ariocarpus fissuratus and aztekium ritterii. Any advice? [Re: felixhigh]
    #4001061 - 04/01/05 04:55 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

btw, any idea of what would be the most interesting ariocarpus varieties?


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Re: Ariocarpus fissuratus and aztekium ritterii. Any advice? [Re: felixhigh]
    #4001116 - 04/01/05 05:10 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

Well, I know nothing of the chemistry of these species, I just like their looks. Ariocarpus fissuratus is my favourite, although A. retusus is pretty cool too:



But each common species seems to have loads of different varieties, and there are loads of hybrids around too...

Maybe I will graft them, but I think it would be a good challenge to grow these plants to maturity. Maybe I'll keep about ten of each on their own roots. And my reason for choosing pereskiopsis as a stock is simple - I've got loads, and have to use it up some how!


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Re: Ariocarpus fissuratus and aztekium ritterii. Any advice? [Re: Openminded]
    #4001172 - 04/01/05 05:21 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

graft them until they grow a bit then you root it (i've read ariocarpus are a bitch to root)...
but if you're going to let them stay on their roots i'll give you a personal hint - don't use plastic vases, use clay pots, they keep a more uniform moisture, always water from the bottom (plate)... i have too many losses on plastic.


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Re: Ariocarpus fissuratus and aztekium ritterii. Any advice? [Re: felixhigh]
    #4001281 - 04/01/05 05:41 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

I don't know of any success stories of de-grafting aztekium and getting it to root, so once it's grafted it will most likely need to stay there.


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Re: Ariocarpus fissuratus and aztekium ritterii. Any advice? [Re: Maverik]
    #4008037 - 04/03/05 11:24 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

I reasentley payd 10.00 for a ariocarpu fissuratus v lloydii frum messa gardens mail oder cattlog they sent me a 8 year old plant I highley recamend them if your green thum sux at keeping seedlings alive like mine anyway good luck


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