Plant Care Ferocactus Wislizeni

Ferocactus Wislizeni

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Ferocactus Wislizeni has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

Also known as

Candy barrel cactus, Candy barrel cactus, Fishhook barrel cactus, Arizona barrel cactus, Southwestern barrel cactus, cactus and fish hook barrel cactus


Ferocactus wislizeni

How to care for Ferocactus Wislizeni

💦 Water

How often to water your Ferocactus Wislizeni

Water needs for Ferocactus Wislizeni
0.5 cups
every 12

Ferocactus Wislizeni 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 Ferocactus Wislizeni

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Candy barrel cactus in your home

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

Ferocactus Wislizeni love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Ferocactus Wislizeni does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Ferocactus Wislizeni

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

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💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Ferocactus Wislizeni 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.

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☀️ Sunlight Needs

Ferocactus Wislizeni 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 🏡.

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🐶 🐈 👶 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.

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💨 Humidity

Ferocactus Wislizeni 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.

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🪴 Soil

Ferocactus Wislizeni 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!

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💩 Fertilizer

Ferocactus Wislizeni 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!

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❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Ferocactus Wislizeni 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

Ferocactus Wislizeni is native to Southwestern United States and Mexico.

🌸 Flowers

Ferocactus Wislizeni produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.

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⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Ferocactus Wislizeni grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Candy 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 Ferocactus Wislizeni

Ferocactus Wislizeni

Ferocactus Wislizeni

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

Ferocactus Wislizeni has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 1
Annika avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 70 XP
globe Perth, Western Australia

This plant is easy to look after, hard to kill, or damage from neglect, pretty and unique.
Although I can imagine it would be hard to change it’s pot due to the spikes. A bonus is you don’t have to water it at all during winter as it hibernates.

Survivor Survivor
@Will2melina avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 112 XP
globe Black Canyon City, AZ

Very easy to grow and absolutely gorgeous

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