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Astrophytum capricorne cv BUFFALO (syn. Taiho-gyoku) XH2

Astrophytum capricorne cv BUFFALO (syn. Taiho-gyoku) XH2

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Astrophytum capricorne cv. 'Buffalo', also known as 'Taiho-gyoku', is a highly sought-after cultivar within the Astrophytum genus, belonging to the Cactaceae family. This succulent plant is prized for its unique morphological and ornamental features. Originating from the desert regions of Mexico, Astrophytum capricorne is distinguished by its long, curved spines that resemble the horns of a Capricorn, hence its name.

Description: Astrophytum capricorne cv. 'Buffalo' ('Taiho-gyoku') features a globular to slightly elongated body that may become slightly columnar with age. The surface of the cactus is green, often covered with a fine white down that creates interesting patterns. A distinctive characteristic of this cultivar is its robust, long, and curved spines, which vary in color from yellow to dark brown. These decorative spines give the plant a highly distinctive appearance.

Cultivation Tips:

  • Sunlight: 'Buffalo' requires plenty of light for optimal growth but should be shielded from direct sunlight during the hottest part of the day to prevent sunburn. A position that receives filtered or indirect sunlight is ideal.

  • Soil: This cultivar prefers a well-draining soil mix typical for cacti. A commercial cactus mix or a homemade blend with equal parts of soil, coarse sand, and perlite will suffice.

  • Watering: During the summer months, water moderately, allowing the soil to dry out completely between waterings. In winter, reduce watering to let the plant enter a rest period and avoid root rot.

  • Temperature: 'Buffalo' is quite hardy but should be protected from temperatures dropping below 5°C (41°F). In areas with cold winters, it is advisable to grow it in containers that can be moved indoors.

  • Fertilization: A light application of cactus fertilizer during the growing season can promote plant health and flowering. Use a diluted fertilizer at half the recommended concentration once a month in spring and summer.

  • Repotting: Repot every 2-3 years or when the plant appears to outgrow its container. Repotting provides an opportunity to check the root health and refresh the soil.

  • Flowering: Capable of producing yellow flowers, often with a red or orange center, during the summer months. The flowering adds an additional decorative element to this already spectacular cultivar.

Astrophytum capricorne cv. 'Buffalo' is a highly decorative and relatively easy-to-grow succulent plant, provided some basic rules for cactus care are followed. Its unusual beauty, characterized by long and curved spines, makes it a valuable addition to any collection of succulent or cacti plants.


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