|You can take buttons for grafting anytime in the
growing season, but grafts done before Mid July generally do best unless
the growing season is extended with artificial light etc... Taking pups
from mature grafted peyote stimulates the production of more pups.
Keep your grafting stock clean of parasitic pedro buds that divert energy
from your grafts
the pup from the mother plant leaving as small a scar on the mother as possible. Buttons should be shipped/prepared for grafting with their "bases" intact to leave room for a pickle slice to be taken in the grafting process.
You should find yourself cutting at the thinnest point between the pup and the mother this way.
Gently pull on the button, cut right at the union with the mother with a
smooth clean knife. After the cut the mother shrinks and pulls back, and the small cut on the button
base prevents excessive dehydration of the growing point. New buttons will not bud out from the scar on the mother, they will pop out next door.
You can take baby buttons as soon as they are large enough to make viable grafts. No smaller around than a dime let's say, and fully protruded from the mother. Take them too small and the cut required to get a clean grafting surface will result in too weak a graft and failure for most any novice.