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Astrophytum asterias (Line areoles) CACTUS ART
NURSERY

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A. asterias
cv. line areole

This is not a true variety, but is a nice selection with densely packaged areoles (usually orangish) on the rib edges. The areoles tend to merge, forming an almost continuous line.

 

Cultivation is not too difficult in a greenhouse, although plants grow quite slowly. The plants need  a loose well-drained  mineral soil., and a good amount of light.  Watering can be done weekly during the summertime, if the weather is sunny enough, with a little fertilizer added. Kept this way, plants will show a healthy, though slow growth. They are frost hardy to -4 (-10) C

Propagation: By seeds, remembering that  seedlings dislike strong light and dry conditions, and need to be repotted frequently.  Eventually, as they become mature, they reach a maximum diameter of 8-10 cm (20) cm.  However, old plants become senile and have a tendency to succumb to disease, with a weak root system.  At this stage, as is well known, they die suddenly. So, after they reach 10 cm in diameter grow them slowly, and repot them less frequently, using intervals of 2 - 3 years.  Furthermore grow them under drier conditions or with stronger sunlight.  Plants are often grafted to accelerate growth, as they would generally require at least five years to reach maturity on their own, but the grafted plants are typically rather tall growing, compared with plants on their own roots (that usually lie flatter to the ground).

 

Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and cultivars of Astrophytum asterias:

 

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Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name: Astrophytum asterias (Zucc.) Lem

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 1
 


 
 

 

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