Plant Care Golden Rat Tail

Golden Rat Tail

Also known as

cactus, Hildewintera aureispina cristata and Hildewintera aureispina


Cleistocactus winteri

How to care for Golden Rat Tail


How often to water your Golden Rat Tail

Water needs for Golden Rat Tail
0.5 cups
every 12

Golden Rat Tail needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Golden Rat Tail

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Golden Rat Tail in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Golden Rat Tail: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Golden Rat Tail love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Golden Rat Tail does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Golden Rat Tail

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Golden Rat Tail: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Golden Rat Tail after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Water Needs
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Care Summary for Golden Rat Tail

Golden Rat Tail

Golden Rat Tail

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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