Astrophytum Asterias (SandDollar Cactus)
POT MEASUREMENTS: Approx. 9cm(Ø) x 9cm(H)
Pot color and size may vary and change subject to availability
Cactus collectors love the little Astrophytum star cactus.
- It is a spineless cactus with a chubby round body resembling a SandDollar.
- Star cactus plants are easy to grow and make an interesting part of a succulent or arid garden display.
- The common names for plants are often the most descriptive and a fun way to learn about the plant.
- Star cactus plants (Astrophytum asteria) are also known as sea urchin cactus, sand dollar cactus or star peyote — which refers to the flower.
- The round body may grow 2 to 6 inches across with gently ridged sides.
- It is green to grayish brown and covered in tiny white dots that radiate down the ridges.
- The body has eight sections which are decorated with fine white hairs.
- This cactus is hardy but does perfectly well in a sunny window in the home, prefers a bright diffused light.
- During the very hot weather, direct sunlight can cause burns on the leaf surface.
- Some varieties of Astrophytum are able to partially withstand direct sunlight but try first gradually to see if it can get accustomed to the bright sun.
- They thrive on neglect, although it will need water occasionally.
- The body will flatten out and turn brown if it is in dire need of water.
- Pot them up in a purchased cactus mix or equal parts potting soil and sand.
- The container should be free draining and unglazed so excess moisture evaporates readily.
- The plant is fertilized once a month in the period of active growth.
- Fertilizers used for cactus should have a weak concentration.
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