Plant Care Cactus


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Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

Also known as

Giant barrel cactus, Golden barrel cactus, Giant viznaga, Biznaga de dulce and barrel cactus


Echinocactus platyacanthus

How to care for Cactus


How often to water your Cactus

Water needs for Cactus
0.5 cups
every 12

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 Cactus

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Cactus in your home

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

Cactus love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Cactus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Cactus

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

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs

Care Summary for 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

Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 1
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5 years and 2 pots later and we still love this guy.

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