Astrophytum asterias nudum - 10 seeds

Astrophytum asterias nudum - 10 seeds

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Astrophytum is a genus of four North American cacti, all of which are found in Mexico and some of which appear in the United States as well. Known for their beauty, these are quite popular among domestic cacti for their flowering habit; their flowers are usually yellow or white. Astrophytums grow solitary bodies, but some species will become short columnar later in life if properly maintained. Some also have distinctive white flecks on their bodies. 

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.