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Astrophytum asterias
cv. SUPERKABUTO cristata
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Astrophytum asterias "superkabuto" cristata
 

Description: The crested form of the A. "SUPERKABUTO", only deviate from the typical form for the stem which is fan shaped up to 30 cm (or more ) in diameter with age. 
Spines: None.
Flowers: The flowers are unusual and eventually produced only by some clones.

Cultivation: Although regarded as a choice and difficult plant is not too difficult in a greenhouse, although grows quite slowly. It is sometime seen as a grafted plant but grows very well on its own roots too. Use mineral well permeable mineral soil with little organic matter (peat, humus). Water sparingly from March till October (weekly during summertime, if the weather is sunny enoughand) , with a little fertilizer added. keep perfectly dry in winter at temperatures from 5 to 15 degrees centigrade. (but it is relatively cold resistant and hardy to -7 (-10)C for short periods) In the rest period no high atmospheric humidity!! They need a good amount of light shade to full sun this help to keep the plants healthy, although slow growth. Be careful: The epidermis of Superkabuto  is harder than in the normal asterias and cracks easily if plants are overwatered.
Propagation:
  Grafting.or cuttings. Plants are usually grafted onto column-shaped cacti but proved to be able to produce their own roots if degrafted.

 

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Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name: Astrophytum asterias (Zucc.) Lem  
Forma cristata

Origin Garden origin (Nursery produced cultivar)

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 1.

 

 



Astrophytum asterias cv. SUPERKABUTO V-type forma cristata.
 



 



 

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