4.7 out of 5 (82 experiences)
Also known as
White Torch Cactus, Golden Column and Trichocereus spachianus
How to care for Golden Torch
Golden Torch needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Orlando, Florida.
Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
February 7th, 2023
Sunlight energy as measured by “net radiation” in Orlando is currently medium 👌.
The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determini…
February 7th, 2023
Orlando is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!
The amount of sunlight in Orlando is expected to increase by 26.5% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 13.2 megajoules of energy per m2 p…
February 5th, 2023
This month, Orlando is getting an average of 7.6 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.
Hours of daylight will increase by 7.5% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 11.1 total hours of dayl…
Golden Torch 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 Orlando, Florida ⛅.
Golden Torch does not tolerate low-light 🚫.
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 Torch after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.
February 4th, 2023
The growing potential in Orlando is 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 repot…
What other plant parents say
I've had this plant for 15+ years and all I can say is that it's completely unkillable. It's been chopped in half (it grew back with extra heads). It was abandoned for a month during lockdown. It's been placed in areas too hot and too cold, with direct sunlight and no sunlight at all. I'm convinced nothing can kill this thing and it will outlast me very easily.
When established this plant needs little water and attention. I'm serious when I say that you can just abandon it for a month and it will even put out new growth. However, this is not a fast growing or very exciting plant. Mine has looked almost the same for over a year and because of the climate in New Zealand I cannot get it to bloom.
If you like cacti, or you're a verified plant killer this is the one for you!