Plant Care Desert Barrel Cactus

Desert Barrel Cactus

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Desert Barrel Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

Also known as

Compass Barrel Cactus, Compass Barrel Cactus, Leconte's barrel cactus, California barrel cactus, Desert barrel cactus and Miner's compass

Taxonomy

Ferocactus cylindraceus
Ferocactus
Cactaceae
Caryophyllales

How to care for Desert Barrel Cactus

💦 Water

How often to water your Desert Barrel Cactus

Water needs for Desert Barrel Cactus
0.5 cups
every 12

Desert Barrel Cactus 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 Desert Barrel Cactus

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Compass Barrel Cactus in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Desert Barrel Cactus: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Desert Barrel Cactus love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Desert Barrel Cactus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Desert Barrel Cactus in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Desert Barrel Cactus

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Desert Barrel Cactus: 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 Desert Barrel Cactus after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Desert Barrel Cactus thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Compass Barrel Cactus Water Frequency →

Compass Barrel Cactus Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Desert Barrel Cactus requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Compass Barrel Cactus Light Requirements →

Compass Barrel Cactus Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


💨 Humidity

Desert Barrel Cactus prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

Compass Barrel Cactus Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Desert Barrel Cactus is very sensitive to wet soil, so choose a potting soil that drains very well and doesn’t retain too much moisture. A good soil will have lots of perlite or vermiculite for drainage and some organic matter for nutrition. A few handfuls of perlite added to regular store-bought cactus soil will do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Compass Barrel Cactus →

When and How to Successfully Repot Compass Barrel Cactus →


💩 Fertilizer

Desert Barrel Cactus grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Desert Barrel Cactus to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.


🌎 Native Region

Desert Barrel Cactus is native to Southwestern United States and Mexico.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Desert Barrel Cactus grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Compass Barrel Cactus →


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Desert Barrel Cactus

Desert Barrel Cactus

Desert Barrel Cactus


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

What other plant parents say

Desert Barrel Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 1
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10/03/2021

Just a really cool plant

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