Astrophytum capricorne senilis
Astrophytum capricorne senilis is known for its twisted thorns that resemble ram’s horns. Spherical in structure while young, it will grow taller and more cylindrical with age. These plants are so densely wrapped in soft bristles that they are often mistaken for bundles of dry grass in the wild. Beautiful, showy flowers bloom at the crown in yellow, sometimes with a red center.
Native to the rocky slopes of Sierra de Parras in Coahuila, Mexico.
Astrophytum plants do best in full sun, at least 5 to 8 hours a day. Avoid intense afternoon sun. Grow outdoors in light shade or indoors in a sunny window with southern exposure and direct sun.
Astrophytum prefer to stay on the dry side. In the summer water them only when the soil has dried out entirely. Always err on the side of underwatering. They are built to withstand drought, and overwatering is one of the quickest ways to kill them.
Astrophytum plants flower once they’ve matured. This can take up to six years. Exposing your cactus to drought while it is dormant during the winter will encourage blooming during the growing season. Fertilize: Astrophytum do not require fertilizer though it can be added to give container grown plants a boost or to supplement poor soil. Apply a water-soluble, balanced fertilizer monthly, diluted at half strength.
Approx. 6" tall and 5" at widest point. Every plant will vary in size, color and shape.
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