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Astrophytum asterias cv. SUPERKABUTO "5 RIBS"

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Astrophytum asterias cv. Superkabuto five ribbed form.'
 

Many different beautiful 5 ribbed forms of 'Super Kabuto', which differ for the diverse pattern of the spots are now available. It would be difficult to mention them all: they range from completely white forms ('white-type'), to forms with woolly spots ('snow-type'), to forms with a maculation like the shape of fly's wings ('zebra-type' or 'V type').
 

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

Propagation: By seeds, remembering that  seedlings dislike strong light and dry conditions  and need to be repotted frequently. Eventually, as they become mature, they attain a maximum size of 8-10 cm (20) cm. However, old plants become senile and have a tendency to succumb to disease and 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 adopt a new repotting period, using intervals of every 2 - 3 years. Additionally grow them under drier conditions or with stronger sunlight. But plants are often grafted to accelerate growth as they would generally take at least a five years to reach maturity on their own, but the grafted plants are typical rather tall growing, compared with plants on their own roots that are usually more flat to the ground.

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Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name: Astrophytum asterias (Zucc.) Lem  

cv. SUPER KABUTO

Origin Garden origin (Nursery produced cultivar)

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 1.
 

 


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