Astrophytum ( star cactus )
His second name is typically desert cactus genus Astrophytum received for the original structure of the stem with few severe (5 - 8 pieces) massive ribs on the cut stalk looks like a star.Another characteristic feature is the presence of small puchochkov short woolly hairs soft, which is why these cacti are covered with white specks appear.As a rule, it is quite large, but slow-growing cactus;their stems are never branched.Another genus Astrophytum hallmark is the structure of the flower: corolla tube always pubescent, flowers are large, funnel-shaped, shirokootkrytye.
most commonly cultivated indoors types: Astrophytum Asterias * Smallest view;stalk flattened-spherical ribs are expressed very weakly
, dark green;no thorns, white specks very much;Flowers to six cm in diameter, golden yellow with a red throat, gray-red fruits.Astrophytum ibex * The stem is globular or slightly elongated ribs 8 - 9 sharp, high;Only spines in mature specimens, small, thin, long, curved to the top, quickly fall;brownish sp
requirement to moisture: Glaze winter stopped almost completely.Very drought-resistant.
Temperature: winter temperatures are optimal content of below 10 ° C, except Astrophytum Asterias, which requires temperatures in the range 12 - 15 ° C.Light Mode: the most love of light.Requirements to soil: very picky about the soil (structure named above).
Reproduction: in addition to all common methods of cacti, and even freshly harvested seeds.
Other Features: does not tolerate transplanting, if necessary, replace it with better trans-shipment.It is important not to bury in the soil root neck for stability it is recommended obkladyvat small pebbles.