hey buddy, can you spare some info on Pereskia?

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soon i'll be growing a lot of pereskia species for a new prof and i'm getting them in as unrooted cuttings. anyone have any hints or suggestions for rooting them? i've grown bleo and grandifolia for a while without issue....
 
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Pereskia roots easily....I just grew them by sticking them in a typical cactus mix, just kept them wetter...I gave them away though...nasty plants...those tiny glochids are worse than spines...Take care, Eric
 

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well, they came in today. don't look incredibly happy, but hopefully i can change that...
only left with one glochids (i was gonna say spine, but technically, i don't think it is...) in my hand i can't seem to find...

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this is a Pereskia grandifolia or rose cactus
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and this (drum roll, please) is the first time i've bloomed Pereskia bleo. i think it's also called wax rose
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oh, but they are...
do you see the big thorn sticking straight down on the rose cactus?
they seem to be grouped around the leaves so they may be hard to see.
 
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Pereskia (and Pereskiopsis) can be used as grafting stock for Epiphyllums and Christmas/Easter cacti. Just split a stem down the middle, insert the cutting (trimmed to expose the cambium and make it fit), and use one of the long spines to pin everything in place. The bloom is gorgeous...but I couldn't hack the glochids long enough to see mine bloom. Forget the species name..they were given to me by Frank Bowman, who was in charge of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's cacti collection at the time. Take care, Eric
 
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My son has been bugging me for Pereskia for some time now...so I finally decided to bid on a few that were on Ebay...he did real well on his SAT's, so I promised him that I would break my long standing ban....we'll see if I win...I'm sure they will make him happy...but I'll have to be sure my tweezers are within reach.....Take care, Eric
 

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they're growing like gangbusters, well, most of them.
i'll try to take photos in the next week or so but the suckers now take up a whole bench.
some have flowered, others nope.
 

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update....

so things have changed a little. here is how they look now

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no flowers today but here's a closeup of the fruit of one of the smaller flowered ones. the metal clip lookin' thing is the tweezers from my swiss army knife

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some things have been added, for example, some Avonia (well, depending who you ask they may now be called Anacampseros)

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this is an Anacampseros

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some Pereskia have big spines (swiss army knife tweezers again for scale)

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some turn woody pretty quickly

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they like stuff with vestigial leaves

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Dorstenia are in the fig family. apparently the flower stalk is very like a fig, but they don't close up on themselves as figs do (?)

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here's the inflorescence

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then there are the weird things....
 

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weird stuff.....

Senecio are in the dandelion family

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Alluaudia are found in Madagascar

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this one has tiny leaves that fall off as it develops but the photosynthesis takes place in the stem.

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any questions?
 
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