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PostSubject: Favourite "button" cactus?   Favourite "button" cactus? EmptySun Sep 29, 2013 1:53 am

Hi all,
I've just got a Gymnocalycium damsii that I spotted at Bunnings and couldn't leave behind; it's a huge clump of little buttons all connected together, I've never seen anything like it in real life (but I have seen some pretty darn amazing things on here). I'll get a photo up on Tuesday when I get home but the point I'm trying to make is that I have become really interest in button style cacti and am curious what some of your favorites are?

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PostSubject: Re: Favourite "button" cactus?   Favourite "button" cactus? EmptySun Sep 29, 2013 2:31 pm

I think the word you are after is "globular". To me nothing beats an advanced pelecyphora aselliformis clump, seconded by a very old seed grown loph.
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite "button" cactus?   Favourite "button" cactus? EmptyTue Oct 22, 2013 1:29 am

Cheers for the tip sneaky, button has the wrong connotations. I read too much Don Juan in my high school days. Is there any way to encourage cacti to clump or is it all luck of the draw?

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PostSubject: Re: Favourite "button" cactus?   Favourite "button" cactus? EmptyTue Oct 22, 2013 11:20 am

Some cacti never clump and some could take many, many years to begin lateral growth. All depends on the species. I have found the most reliable way to make a cactus clump is to graft it. Even some species that are usually solitary can begin to clump heavily after grafting. Nice Gymno by the way.

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PostSubject: Re: Favourite "button" cactus?   Favourite "button" cactus? EmptyTue Oct 22, 2013 2:41 pm

Interesting indeed.
Looks like I'd better start cutting up some Peres.
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite "button" cactus?   Favourite "button" cactus? EmptyTue Oct 22, 2013 8:00 pm

If this topic is about globular cacti then I would have to say (at the risk of going a bit too far) that my favourite is Echinocactus platyacanthus.
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite "button" cactus?   Favourite "button" cactus? EmptyTue Oct 22, 2013 10:13 pm

You can force offsetting by destroying the growing point i have drilled into Golden balls to force offsetting. Love the gymno damsii it was one of my first cacti and one of the first that i started to pull heads of and propagate.
Grafting is good but for larger plants apical core drilling is recommended. I will try to upload a photo of one when i get the chance.
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite "button" cactus?   Favourite "button" cactus? EmptyWed Oct 23, 2013 11:07 am

Hey cool. I have heard of inserting a hot needle into the growing points of smaller cacti but drilling into it is something different. How do you protect from disease after the 'surgery'??

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