Astrophytum, maintenance and cultivation of Cactus

Astrophytum, maintenance and cultivation of Cactus

What should I know about this Cactus?

  • Name: Astrophytum
  • Family: Cactaceae
  • Type: Flowering shrub
  • Height: Up to 1 meter
  • Exposure: mid-shade, sunny
  • Soil: Limestone, sandy, stony
  • Flowering: from June to September

Planting of the ASTROPHYTUM

How to plant ASTROPHYTUM?

The planting of astrophytum can be done throughout the year. The ideal is to install it in a location that ensures good drainage, because excess water promotes the formation of rot. To do this, prepare the soil by mixing it with river sand, then line the bottom of the hole with gravel. Repot your plant and gently cover it. I advise you to wait 5 days before the first watering. This is the time needed for the astrophytum root system to recover from its changing environment. The same applies to potting: in a special potting soil for cacti or simply in a garden soil mixed with pozzolane.

Maintenance of the ASTROPHYTUM

Watering 

Very moderate watering is sufficient for the survival of the shrub: once a week during the summer period and once a month the rest of the year. Take advantage of watering to bring him liquid fertilizer every 3 months.

Diseases of the ASTROPHYTUM

  • Scale: spray the plant with a mixture of water and black soap to eliminate persistent pests
  • Rot due to excessive water intake: good drainage prevents water stagnation and plant wasting. As soon as signs of decay appear, cut the affected areas to avoid proliferation on the rest of the plant. If the mould has already grown, you can simply cut the healthy snowshoes and cut them into another pot.

Namely on the ASTROPHYTUM

The varieties of ASTROPHYTUM 

There are 6 varieties of astrophytum. Among these, the Astrophytum caput-medusae lets bloom pretty yellow flowers with stellar petals from the month of June. While the Astrophytum myriostigm in the shape of a bishop’s cap erects in its apex a spectacular bouquet of white and pale yellow flowers that I advise you to watch for as early as July, its flowering is so captivating. The pumpkin-shaped Astrophytum asterias bloom its only pale pink flower in late spring. All these varieties have one thing in common: they are very easy to maintain, require very little attention, but attract all your attention!

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