Identification: is this a giant Schlumbergera? or something else?

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  1. mctc

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    Pictured next to my christmas cactus. It seems so similar but not the same size. additionally the source of the nest leaf is not always the same place. any thoughts?

    I am in the process of trying to graft them but I wanted to know if it was even worth trying.

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    togata57 Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    Epiphyllum.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Notice that the taller plant is not broken up into crab-like segments.
     
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    ah thanks. Looks like it will make some great flowers. I bought it a some roadside sale with no details. Looks like my graft will be very unlikely to take.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Still worth trying a graft, as cacti have very wide cross-compatibility. But also (even easier), just take some cuttings - cut a piece off, let it dry for a few days to form a callus (protects the cutting from decay) and plant in a well-drained soil mix.
     
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    Here is a photo of my amateur grafting work. They seem like such similar plants so I can hope.

    I will post again in this tread if it actually works. Otherwise I will also update my blog post of it.
    My Schlumbergera to Epiphyllum graft attempt
     

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