Astrophytum asterias

coralred(Tropical)September 8, 2012

Anyone kept Astrophytum asterias. I find them to be one of the most beautiful cactus around.


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Microthrix(9)

Beautiful plant you got there. I love the fuzzy flecks its got
I have one, but the bottom is a bit squished in. I dont know why... i checked the roots and everything, and they are nice.
I prefer its relative Astrophytum capricorne. I love the spines, and the large flowers on it.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2012 at 2:33AM
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coralred(Tropical)

I just got it about two months ago, hope it will grow well at my place. This one has large flower too that is if I can get it to bloom.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2012 at 7:49AM
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paul_(z5 MI)

very cute plant. :)

    Bookmark   September 9, 2012 at 4:13PM
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coralred(Tropical)

My Astrophytum asterias is putting out a flower bud.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 6:19AM
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Laura Robichaud

What a neat looking cactus. What color does it flower?

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 8:41AM
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coralred(Tropical)

Just got it in July and this is the first time it's going to bloom. I guess the colour will be yellow. I hope in bloom on a weekend else I have no chance to see it.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 9:11AM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

Nice cactus. One could take it to work and put it on your desk,... if you work at a desk.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 10:03AM
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robinpla(10b)

Mine bloomed in September just for a couple of days. Big flowers indeed! This is astrophytum asteria cv. superkabuto.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 6:24PM
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coralred(Tropical)

Hi robinpla, does the flower close at night and re-open the next day?

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 6:38PM
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robinpla(10b)

I belive it closed at night.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 6:59PM
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coralred(Tropical)

May I know if the cactus is self-fertile or does it need another plant to pollinate?

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 5:46AM
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robinpla(10b)

You need male and female to pollinate astrophytums.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 11:44AM
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coralred(Tropical)

Wasn't around when the flower opened in the afternoon but managed to take a picture just now at about 8pm.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2012 at 7:39AM
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robinpla(10b)

Beautiful! It might open up more day two and three. Now you need a few more astros to get pollination :)

    Bookmark   December 8, 2012 at 10:57AM
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jojosplants(9/ Tucson, Az.)

Beautiful!!!

These are on my "wish list" come spring. :-)

JoJo

    Bookmark   December 8, 2012 at 11:00AM
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coralred(Tropical)

Unfortunately I only have one of this. There are no nurseries selling this over here. I got this when I was on a vacation to Bangkok.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2012 at 10:55PM
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TT, zone 5b MA

Those are beauties...and the only cactus I ever rotted!

Maybe I should try again soon.

Tom

    Bookmark   December 8, 2012 at 11:48PM
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coralred(Tropical)

A few more pictures of the bloom.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2012 at 12:34AM
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coralred(Tropical)

The bloom only last two days.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2012 at 1:59AM
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