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Astrophytum asterias cv. HANAZONO

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Astrophytum asterias cv. Hanazono kabuto
This unmistakable cultivar has additional woolly areoles on the ribs surface.

 

Description: Hanazono kabuto 花園兜 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.

 


"Hanazono kabuto" Japanese import.

"Hanazono kabuto" Thai import.
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Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name: Astrophytum asterias (Zucc.) Lem  

cv. HANAZONO KABUTO

Origin Garden origin (Nursery produced cultivar)

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 1.


A Thailand  import (note the flowers bud in the groove between the ribs)
 

 


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 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 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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