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Astrophytum asterias
cv.
SUPERKABUTO "Snow type" 

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 Astrophytum asterias cv. SUPERKABUTO "SNOW TYPE"
This is one of the choicest Japanese cultivars with crowded white woolly dots.

 

Description: Contrarily to the normal Astrophytum Superkabuto that has only a mosaic of small spaced ± rounded white dots the “snow type” differ for the dense white covering of dots that almost conceal the epidermis, this particular form is also called "Snow white",  or “White form” .
This intense white covering  is not seen in most of the normal 'Super Kabuto' seedlings and will change and emphasize as a plant ages.
 

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Cultivation.
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° (-10°) C
Cultivation remarks: The epidermis is harder than in the normal form of Kabuto and cracks easily if plants will be overwatered.
Propagation: By seeds, remembering that  seedlings dislike strong light and dry conditions  and need to be repotted frequently. 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.

Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name: Astrophytum asterias (Zucc.) Lem  
cv. SUPERKABUTO
"SNOW TYPE"
(also known as "WHITE TYPE" or "SNOW WHITE")

Origin Garden origin (Nursery produced cultivar)

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 1
 


Snow type + Star type  
 

 



 

 

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