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Cultivation and care of the star cactus

Cultivation and care of the star cactus

If you like cacti, there are many varieties to choose from in order to give a different touch to any place, whether in the inside of home or in a garden, terrace or patio. Today I would like to write about the star cactus, which originates from Mexico and is the largest of all those belonging to the Astrophytum family.

Its stem is spherical in its early years but as it grows it becomes columnar. The largest wild specimens can reach a meter in height and about 30 centimeters in diameter, although in their crop normal it does not usually grow beyond 30 cm high. The areoles are separate and have between 5 and 11 thorns, both straight and sharp, which are brown in color and can reach 3 cm in length.

your care

  • Lightning: If you are outdoors you will need full sun, while if you are indoors you will need a well-lit spot. Shade comes in handy during the hours when the sun is strongest.
  • Temperature: It does not have many requirements in this sense, although it tolerates cold only if the environment is dry.
  • Substratum: needs to be well drained. To make it much more beneficial and the cactus to develop better, add 25% coarse sand to the standard substrate.
  • Irrigation: this cactus needs little water, even less than the rest of the varieties. The neck can rot very easily, so water little and in the outermost part so that the water does not reach that area. Water only when the soil has completely dried out.
  • Multiplication: the most common way to do it is through seeds in seedbeds.

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