Plant Care Desert Barrel Cactus

Desert Barrel Cactus

5.0 out of 5 (2 experiences)

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


Ferocactus cylindraceus

How to care for Desert Barrel Cactus


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

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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 🏡.


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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Care Summary for Desert Barrel Cactus

Desert Barrel Cactus

Desert Barrel Cactus

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.

What other plant parents say

Desert Barrel Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 1
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Just a really cool plant

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