Plant Care Barrel Cactus

Barrel Cactus

Also known as

candy barrel cactus, compass barrel, fishhook barrel cactus, fishhook cactus and southwestern barrel cactus


Ferocactus wislizenii

How to care for Barrel Cactus


How often to water your Barrel Cactus

Water needs for Barrel Cactus
0.5 cups
every 12

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 Barrel Cactus

Water 0.5 cups every

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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 Barrel Cactus in your home

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

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.

Barrel Cactus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Barrel Cactus

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

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Care Summary for Barrel Cactus

Barrel Cactus

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.

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