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Care Guide Astrophytum myriostigma

Astrophytum myriostigma

Astrophytum myriostigma, commonly known as Bishop's Cap or Star Cactus, is a small, slow-growing cactus native to Mexico, specifically the states of Nuevo León, San Luis Potosí, and Tamaulipas. It belongs to the family Cactaceae and is appreciated by collectors for its unique shape and attractive appearance. Here is a care guide for Astrophytum myriostigma:

1. Light: This cactus thrives in bright, indirect light. It can tolerate some direct sun, but too much can cause sunburn. If grown indoors, place it near a south-facing window or under grow lights.

2. Temperature: Astrophytum myriostigma prefers warm temperatures between 21-29°C during the day and cooler temperatures between 10-18°C at night. Protect it from cold drafts and frost.

3. Water: Water sparingly and only when the soil has completely dried out. During the growing season (spring and summer), water once a week. In the winter, reduce watering to once a month. Avoid overwatering, as this can cause root rot.

4. Soil: Use a well-draining cactus or succulent mix. You can also mix your own using a combination of coarse sand, perlite, and peat moss.

5. Fertiliser: Feed with a balanced cactus fertiliser once a month during the growing season. Do not fertilise during the winter or when the plant is dormant.

6. Propagation: Astrophytum myriostigma can be propagated from seed or by division. To propagate by seed, sow the seeds in a well-draining cactus mix and keep the soil moist until germination. To propagate by division, carefully remove the offsets from the parent plant and replant in their own pots.

7. Pests and Diseases: Astrophytum myriostigma is generally pest and disease-free. However, it can be susceptible to mealybugs and spider mites. Inspect regularly and treat with an insecticide or neem oil if necessary.

By following these care guidelines, you can help your Astrophytum myriostigma thrive and flourish in your home or garden.

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