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Astrophytum asterias (slightly STAR-SHAPE) 993

Astrophytum asterias (slightly STAR-SHAPE) 993

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History of Discovery of Astrophytum asterias

Astrophytum asterias, commonly known as the star cactus, was first discovered in the desert regions of northeastern Mexico in the 19th century. Its unique star-like appearance, with distinctive patterns resembling celestial bodies, captured the attention of early botanists and explorers. The species was initially classified by renowned botanist Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius in the early 1800s, and since then, it has become a prized addition to botanical collections worldwide.

Description of Astrophytum asterias

Astrophytum asterias is a small, globular cactus species characterized by its star-shaped stem covered in distinctive white flecks or dots. The stem, typically gray-green in color, features deep ribs dividing it into distinct sections, giving it a geometrically pleasing appearance. During the flowering season, Astrophytum asterias produces stunning yellow flowers with orange centers, adding a splash of color to its already captivating presence.

Cultivation Tips

For successful cultivation of Astrophytum asterias, consider the following expert tips:

  1. Soil and Potting: Plant Astrophytum asterias in well-draining soil, such as a mixture of cactus potting mix and perlite. Ensure the pot has adequate drainage holes to prevent waterlogging.

  2. Sunlight Exposure: Place the plant in a location where it can receive plenty of sunlight, preferably in a south-facing window or outdoors in full sun. Adequate sunlight is essential for healthy growth and flowering.

  3. Watering: Water sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so it's crucial to avoid excessive moisture.

  4. Temperature: Astrophytum asterias thrives in warm temperatures ranging from 70°F to 90°F (21°C to 32°C). Protect the plant from frost and extreme cold temperatures, as it is sensitive to freezing conditions.

  5. Fertilization: Apply a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half-strength once a month during the growing season. Avoid fertilizing during the winter months when the plant is dormant.

Rarity of Old Specimens

Old specimens of Astrophytum asterias are considered rare and highly sought after by collectors due to their slow growth rate and susceptibility to habitat destruction. These specimens may exhibit unique characteristics and larger sizes compared to younger plants, making them valuable additions to botanical collections. However, their rarity also makes them vulnerable to illegal collection and habitat loss, highlighting the importance of conservation efforts to protect these iconic cacti for future generations.

By following these cultivation tips and understanding the history and rarity of old specimens, enthusiasts can appreciate and preserve the beauty of Astrophytum asterias while ensuring its continued survival in cultivation.

A phytosanitary certificate (for additional costs of €20,00) is necessary for export plants from Italy to ALL destinations out of EUROPEAN COMMUNITY. Among which: United Kingdom Turkey, South America, USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, Singapore, Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, etc. You can buy it in our eBay store. 1 single certificate can cover several plants purchase that are sent together in same shipment.

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Plant height:

Pot diameter: 6cm

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