Astrophytum Asteria Cactus (Mixed Pattern) Bare Rooted
Astrophytum Asteria (Mixed Pattern) Bare Rooted
One Astrophytum Asteria Cactus live plant, bare rooted (diameter-1 inch) will be sent. If you want to receive it potted with cactus soil (good quality potting mix which is highly suitable for this cactus) in 4 inch pot with tray and stone chips, you have to pay Rs.75/- extra. This cactus produces various design pattern. Design and pattern of this cactus can’t be chosen, but if you buy more than 1 cactus, we will send cactus of mutually different patterns. Most of the design patterns of this cactus do not have spines, hence this cactus is safe for children as well.
During winter (if temperature is less than 100 C), this plant may be in dormancy. After winter during spring or summer season, a matured cactus plant may bloom its beautiful flowers.
This cactus can be adorned with decorative stones/pebbles or stone chips on the upper surface of potted soil (as per the individual choice of plant lovers). Most of the plant lovers like to keep this rare variety of cactus in their collection. Approximate diameter of this cactus will be 1 inch.
Watering & Sunlight: Like any other cactus, this also does not need frequent watering. This is almost maintenance free plant. Even if you do not water it for two – three weeks, it can survive. For 2-3 days in a week, you can keep indoor also. But try to keep this with maximum sunlight for its better growth. This plant loves to grow in direct sunlight, but it can be grown with 6 hours daily sunlight also. Watering of plant should be only after drying of upper surface of soil. During winter, plant must not be over-watered, otherwise plant roots may rot. Reduce the frequency of watering in winter.
Soil: To make the ideal potting mix, 50 % drainage media (coarse river sand/ crushed Leca/ – use any of them) in potting mix should be available. All these items help in aeration also. We should also add 10% Pumice Stones, 25% vermi -compost, 5% Neem Cake and 10% cocopeat. We should prepare the potting mix in such way so that water should reach bottom of pot within 10-15 seconds. This is the basic quality of fast draining soil.
A matured plant grown in lawn on open ground can withstand without water for 4 weeks. Moreover such plant does not require frequent fertilisers, because well grown and fully expanded roots can absorb needful nutrients from soil. However if the plant is in pot, it may not receive required nutrients fully due to limited expansion of roots within pot. Therefore, we need to fertilise a potted plant more often than a plant grown in open ground or soil. Fast drainage in potting mix is must.
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