Astrophytum asterias cv. Hanazono - 5 seeds (RARE)
Hanazono kabuto is one of the most famous and peculiar Japanese Astrophytum cultivars. Some additional woolly areoles are produced on the ribs surface. Flowers buds develop from the median line between two ribs and usually they are not produced by areoles. This plant, like "Superkabuto", is unmistakable. This cultivar - despite to its beauty - is very rare and sought after by collectors, for its unique features. There are several forms mainly selected by Asian growers, the best of them Astrophytum asterias cv. Super Hanazono combines the inimitable furry additional areoles of cv. Hanazono with the large mosaic of extensive white spots of cv. Superkabuto. The result is an intensely white and furry plant.
The Astrophytum is a cactus and the adequate soil must be one with good drainage. Combine cactus mix with another element that allows drainage, for example, perlite, sand, pumice, granite stone, or vermiculite. If you do not find the cactus mix, you may opt to use cacti mix soil. The Astrophytum cactus is prone to bacteria and fungus, to avoid this, it is necessary that you sterilize the soil before planting. Also, it is important to highlight that you must remove any particle from the substrate, and you can do this to avoid the formation of fungus. Proceed to fill the pot and moist the substrate, but do not add so much water because the Astrophytums don’t tolerate over-watering. Once the soil is moist, put the seeds in a gently way over the substrate, you do not need to bury them.
Cover the pot with a glass sheet, a white paper or something that maintains the humidity in both the container and the seeds some people, prefer to use a plastic bag and wrap the pot with it. Keep the flowerpot or the seed tray in a light shadowy place, provide the necessary temperature (heat math).
Once the seedlings appear, is time to let them get accustomed to the sun, start putting the seedling a few minutes every day and increase the time to the sun progressively. Remove the weak plants because they are the most prone to contract pests and diseases.