Plant Care Golden Barrel Cactus

Golden Barrel Cactus

4.8 out of 5 (64 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

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 located in New York.

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

Check the growing potential in your area

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

Plant care guide for Golden Barrel Cactus in New York

New York, New York

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Growing Golden Barrel Cactus in New York right now

Light needs for plant Golden Barrel Cactus in New York

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

November 30th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in New York is currently very low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in det…

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Light needs for plant Golden Barrel Cactus in New York

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 30.6% ☀️

November 30th, 2021

New York is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in New York is expected to decrease by 30.6% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 6.5 megajoules of energy per m2 pe…

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Light needs for plant Golden Barrel Cactus in New York

Daylight will decrease by 1.2 hours 📉

November 30th, 2021

This month, New York is getting an average of 8.1 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 11.5% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.1 total hours of day…

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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 ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in New York ⛅.

Golden Barrel Cactus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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.

When to repot Golden Barrel Cactus

Nutrient needs for plant Golden Barrel Cactus in New York

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

November 29th, 2021

The growing potential in New York is very low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to…

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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 your location in New York, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Golden Barrel Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 53
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 6
Golden Barrel Cactus has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 5
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
Voidbugz avatar
@Voidbugz
leaf-1 48 Plants
xp 1,643 XP
globe Minneapolis, Minnesota
11/20/2021

The spines are sharp lol

Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Maisierose avatar
@Maisierose
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 131 XP
09/08/2021

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

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Miamcgregor avatar
@Miamcgregor
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 207 XP
globe Agawam, Massachusetts
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:)

Survivor Survivor
Cs avatar
@Cs
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 91 XP
globe Phoenix, Arizona
08/13/2021

Golden barrel cacti are super cute and super low maintenance. Highly recommend

Survivor Survivor
Psrj1719 avatar
@Psrj1719
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 135 XP
globe Loughborough, England
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

Survivor Survivor
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@Overthinkingandtired
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 195 XP
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.

Survivor Survivor
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@Liz.white.121
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 208 XP
globe Sandown, England
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!

Survivor Survivor
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@Liz.white.121
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 208 XP
globe Sandown, England
07/30/2021

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

Survivor Survivor
Honeyyvoiced avatar
@Honeyyvoiced
leaf-1 59 Plants
xp 2,712 XP
globe Kenosha, Wisconsin
07/15/2021

Arguably my favorite cactus I have. Very hardy and pretty

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
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@Ariawhatstheirface
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 279 XP
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!

Survivor Survivor
Rory avatar
@Rory
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 489 XP
globe Moscow, Idaho
07/01/2021

this thing has survived all of my depressive episodes lmfao

Survivor Survivor
Froggiesocks avatar
@Froggiesocks
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 371 XP
06/13/2021

it's just cool, very neutral

Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Racheladdi avatar
@Racheladdi
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 253 XP
06/11/2021

they are alright kinda boring though :)

Survivor Survivor
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@Allie_ballie
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 130 XP
globe Weatherford, Texas
06/09/2021

Rely easy

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Mila avatar
@Mila
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 27 XP
globe Atascocita, Texas
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 great :)

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
76clarissa avatar
@76clarissa
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 148 XP
05/24/2021

i didn’t water it for forever and it’s still alive, go him tbh

Survivor Survivor
Ansleyfaiv avatar
@Ansleyfaiv
leaf-1 24 Plants
xp 942 XP
globe Sugar Grove, Illinois
05/17/2021

i’ve had this thing for almost a year and a half and it’s still living!!

Survivor Survivor
Kyli avatar
@Kyli
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 111 XP
globe Portsmouth, Ohio
05/01/2021

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

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Kitten avatar
@Kitten
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 279 XP
globe Miami, Florida
04/26/2021

easy to take care of, just water once in a while and ur plant will be fine

Survivor Survivor
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@Greengracie16
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 58 XP
globe Roseburg, Oregon
03/13/2021

never had any problems with it🖤

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