ABOUT THIS DROUGHT TOLLERANT PLANT
Astrophytum Bishops Cap Random Plant, Random plant, may or may not have thorns. Astrophytum or star plants are aptly named due to the star shape of this cute cactus. As the cactus ages its possible for more ribs to form or for it to take on a more cylindrical shape. At full size this little guy only reaches about 2 feet tall and about 2 inches wide. Feathery white flockings can erupt from the top and may be followed by small yellow to white aster shaped blossoms. This is an excellent plant for the gardener with windowsills and smaller spaces.
These are very healthy Drought Tollerant Plants with well established root systems. In a container, your new Bishops Cap will add rich feel to your porch or patio, in the ground it can reach it’s full potential in just a season or two when planted in a well drained, sandy cactus mix.
Please note: Lower leaves are often trimmed prior to shipping to reduce transpiration and travel stress. The growth rate of Bishops Cap will vary greatly depending on season, soil type, sunlight, temperature and other factors. Always changing!
DROUGHT TOLLERANT PLANT CARE
Astrophytum Bishops Cap Random are very easy to grow Drought Tollerant Plants that and seem to grow best when neglected. They add a wonderful accent to any desert garden or patio. In very cold zones a containerized Bishops Cap can be brought inside for the winter months. Most will survive a very light frost and quickly return to normal in spring. In the northern end of their grow zone Bishops Cap plants should be brought indoors or protected during the winter months.
When you receive your new plant open your box carefully and water if dry. Please take your time when opening. Most foliage damage occurs when the box is ripped open in the excitement of receiving new plants. Many plants, especially succulents, are very fragile and leaves may snap easily if not handled cautiously.
Most gardeners don’t realize that Drought Tollerant Plants grow very well in patio containers. Allow enough room for growth generally a 10″ to a 20″ diameter, 10″ deep container will suffice, however the smaller variety plants will do well in a small 6″ round pot. Remember the looser the roots, the taller and healthier your plant will be. When the plant becomes root bound its growth will slow. At that point it is time for a larger pot.
Bishops Cap enjoy well drained, sandy cactus mix. Remember try to stay away from wet, mucky soils.
To help establish your new Bishops Cap, fertilize sparingly, biannually with a slow time release 15-5-10. Unfertilized they will tend to grow very slowly. WARNING – The heavy salts in cheaper fertilizers may damage the roots thus killing the plant.
GROW ZONE & LIGHT
Best outdoors if grown in zone 9b-11, find your zone here. This plant requires 85-100% sunlight. Depending on your location full sun is best. The patio zone is 4b-11 which means the potted plant will flourish over the summer months in this zone but must be brought inside for the winter months. (avoid frost)
BEFORE YOU PLANT OUTDOORS
Here at Kens Nursery these Drought Tollerant Plants are grown under 20-40% shade cloth. If you plant directly in full sun you may experience leaf burn. It is best to acclimate this plant to its environment by keeping it outside and slowly moving it into a sunny area over a week or two to avoid stress before planting.
WHAT IS THE SHIPPING SIZE
All Drought Tollerant Plants for sale will vary in size. In the spring, plants are often smaller than plants shipped in the fall. Most plants designated with a sku ending in -4, or -3 will arrive in a standard 4 inch or 2.75 inch growers pot respectively. Kens new, reusable, recyclable deep cells are 5 to 7 inches deep and 1 to 2.5 inches in diameter. Products growing in these cells are easy to transplant and allow for deeper, faster growth and are designated with a -5, or -7. (Note: The item sku number can be found just below the buy button.) The color and style of these pots may vary. If we are out of a particular size item, we may ship a larger size at no additional charge. You can see the various pot sizes and actual plants ready to ship. (click-here)
Note: Before leaving, plants are inspected and pruned if necessary to facilitate shipping. Your new Drought Tollerant Plant is then bagged to keep the soil moist, to ensure that the soil stays in the pot and not loose in the box. Then your plant is tissue or kraft paper wrapped and secured in place with natural biodegradable peanuts. You will be pleased. You may want to buy Bishops Cap online now while they are in stock.