Astrophytum myriostigma “Fukuryu” (Type A)
Astrophytum myriostigma cv. Fukuryu (type A)
This Astrophytum is a japanese nursery produced cultivar.
This cactus is a spineless solitary plant, covered with many white dots; its star-shaped stem presents small, partial extra ribs with no areoles on them.
This Astrophytum is a relatively easy-to-grow species. It needs a mineral, well-drained soil, with little humus. Water sparingly from March till October, letting the soil getting dry before watering again. To avoid root rot, keep it dry from the beginning of autumn to the end of winter. It is theorically hardy to -7°C, but during cold months keep it in a cool place. It does well from full sun to light shade: with a good amount of light, plant will grow beautiful and healhty.
Often this cactus is grafted on columnar cacti, but propagation is usually done by seeds.
A. myriostigma Fukuryu Type A is the most common form of A. Fukuryu: Type B is very different and really more rare.