I began my collection of A. asterias in 2007 when I purchased four plants. Two were from a commercial mail order nursery and two from a member of the National Capital Cactus and Succulent Society, the C&S society of Washington, D.C. http://www.washington-dc.cactus-society.org/
Those four plants flowered, were pollinated, and I harvested fruits and seeds, and began growing my own seedlings. The seedlings were flowering in three years and producing more seed. The plant shown above is one of the two plants purchased from the commercial nursery. I have also purchased seed of a special type of A. asterias called 'Super Kabuto' (shown below). This type is heavily marked with the white trichomes.
Now that I have a mix of different types of A. asterias , the seed produced from cross pollination always results in a myriad of different looking seedlings. Some are typical A. asterias, mostly green with a few white trichomes, but others have no trichomes, and yet others are completely covered. I'll be showing more of these in future because Astrophytum asterias makes up a sizable portion of my collection of cacti. Then there is Astrophytum caput-medusae, the strangest astrophytum of all. But that's another story.