Astrophytum ornatum growing cactus of the genus Astrophytum also known as Bishop’s Cap, Astrophytum ornatum perennial evergreen plant used as ornamental plant and it’s drought tolerant, can grow in desert, mediterranean, subtropical or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 9b-12, and with the right care can grow in hardiness zone 9a.
Astrophytum ornatum flowers
Flower color yellow with multiple petals.
Plant shape like star 5 lobes, the color can be green, green-white or yellowish-green, can variety of pattern on the plant some of the cultivars cover with like white velvet.
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Requirements for Astrophytum ornatum growing and care:
Better more than -5C, well-drained soil
How to propagate:
Daughter plants mostly need to take care when pull it from the ground you take all the roots, take a plastic spatula or something harder depend the soil and uncover the roots, dig around the plant and better to use air blower machine or wash it with stream (but let it dry after)
Cutting – better to take all the cactus and cut it for pieces or else it’s just looks cut in the middle, cut with sterile knife after this let the cut part to stay on the shade to heal it’s might take few weeks and even months, put it on the soil with support (stick or something that won’t fall) cover lightly and lightly from the side and water it small amount of water.
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No, but it’s easier to start from cutting that to start from seeds
Difficulties or problems when growing:
Spring to summer / Autumn
How to plant:
Main problem it’s the spines get into the skin and it’s hard to get next to cactus, need to relocate the cactus with papers cover enough that the spines won’t get to your hands, to put the soil need to use spoon or small shovel to push and tighten the soil, also possible to do it by hand but don’t squeeze.
Pests and diseases:
Fungal, mealy bugs
How to prune:
Rotten part of the plant but if not better not to prune
Size of the plant?
0.5-1 m (20-40 inches) (can be kept small 5-10 cm (2-4 inches) for limited time)
Growth speed in optimal condition:
Small amount of water, better to let it dry between watering, do not overwater
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Is it possible to grow as houseplant?
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, container or clay pot that will be 20-50% bigger (not need deep because the root shallow) for good drainage that important use in the bottom of the container with little rocks like: gravel, lava rocks or pebbles, soil should be cactus potting mix, make holes in the container for good drainage, after few years when the roots fill the container or the soil lose viability, need to switch the soil
Spring / Summer
General information about the flower
Yellow flowers with multiple petals