Plant Care Candy barrel cactus

Candy barrel cactus

5.0 out of 5 (2 experiences)

Candy barrel cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

Also known as

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


Ferocactus wislizeni

How to care for Candy barrel cactus


How often to water your Candy barrel cactus

Water needs for Candy barrel cactus
0.5 cups
every 12

Candy 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 Candy barrel cactus

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Candy barrel cactus in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Candy barrel cactus: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Candy 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.

Candy barrel cactus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Candy barrel cactus

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

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Care Summary for Candy barrel cactus

Candy barrel cactus

Candy 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

Candy barrel cactus 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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