Plant Care Golden Barrel Cactus
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Golden Barrel Cactus

4.8 out of 5 (59 experiences)

Golden Barrel Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Golden Barrel Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Golden ball cactus and gold barrel cactus

Taxonomy

Echinocactus grusonii
Echinocactus
Cactaceae
Caryophyllales

What other plant parents say

Golden Barrel Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 48
Golden Barrel Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 8
Golden Barrel Cactus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 7
Golden Barrel Cactus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 5
Golden Barrel Cactus has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 4
Golden Barrel Cactus has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
Golden Barrel Cactus has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
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@Mila
Atascocita, Texas
Rating of the plant Golden Barrel Cactus named Concha by Mila on Greg, the plant care app
05/28/2021

I love this plant a lot, just know that it’s a cactus so it will definitely poke you if you’re not careful. Easy to water, easy to care for, she’s a little bossy and sassy but other than that she’s g…

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Overthinkingandtired avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Golden Barrel Cactus named nona by Overthinkingandtired on Greg, the plant care app
08/09/2021

very easy to care for;; i’ve had this cactus for over 2 years and i’ve never had any trouble with it. do not over water;; leaving it alone for a long time does the trick. needs a LOT of sunlight.

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Bayonne, New Jersey
Rating of the plant Golden Barrel Cactus named MonkSimpson by Plantsongb2be on Greg, the plant care app
02/21/2021

Such a fun wondrous globe/Epcot shape and add such great diversity a d is fun to water just make sure to have a long thin sprout and absolutely wear garden gloves when repotting or handling

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@Miamcgregor
Agawam, Massachusetts
Rating of the plant Golden Barrel Cactus named Stella by Miamcgregor on Greg, the plant care app
08/16/2021

my little cactus is a great succulent and is one of the toughest plants i own i have it in a expresso cup i thrifted and she’s doing well i’ve had this plant for a while now:)

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@Psrj1719
Loughborough, England
Rating of the plant Golden Barrel Cactus named james by Psrj1719 on Greg, the plant care app
08/11/2021

you can just leave it and it will grow quite slowly, water it irregularly and it will just do its own thing and you dont have to worry about it

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@Liz.white.1…
Sandown, England
Rating of the plant Golden Barrel Cactus named Sid by Liz.white.121 on Greg, the plant care app
07/30/2021

I forgot to water this guy for weeks and he looked no different when I finally remembered! Also love the punky look of these fellas!

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@Liz.white.1…
Sandown, England
Rating of the plant Golden Barrel Cactus named Siouxsie by Liz.white.121 on Greg, the plant care app
07/30/2021

Difficult to switch pots because of the spines (obviously) but easy to look after - especially for serial plant killers like me!

Maisierose avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Golden Barrel Cactus named Tsukki by Maisierose on Greg, the plant care app
09/08/2021

mine has grown so much in just a few months and is still a beautiful, bright green! would definitely recommend

Ariawhatstheirface avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Golden Barrel Cactus named Spikey by Ariawhatstheirface on Greg, the plant care app
07/10/2021

One of my cats knocked it over, so we had to take out the majority of its soil, but it stayed alive!

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@Kyli
Portsmouth, Ohio
Rating of the plant Golden Barrel Cactus named Mia by Kyli on Greg, the plant care app
05/01/2021

Cats won’t bother it because of the needles. Also they survive even if you forget to water them

How to care for Golden Barrel Cactus

Water

How often to water your Golden Barrel Cactus

Water needs for Golden Barrel Cactus
0.5 cups
every 12

Golden 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 Golden Barrel Cactus

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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Finding light for Golden Barrel Cactus in your home

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

Golden 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.

Golden Barrel Cactus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

Nutrients

How to fertilize Golden Barrel Cactus

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

Care Summary for Golden Barrel Cactus

Golden Barrel Cactus

Golden Barrel Cactus


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

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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