Plant Care Golden Torch

Golden Torch

4.7 out of 5 (82 experiences)

Golden Torch has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Golden Torch has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

White Torch Cactus, Golden Column and Trichocereus spachianus


Echinopsis spachiana

How to care for Golden Torch

💦 Water

How often to water your Golden Torch

Water needs for Golden Torch
0.5 cups
every 12

Golden Torch 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 Torch

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Golden Torch in your home

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

Golden Torch love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Golden Torch does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Golden Torch

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

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Golden Torch is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Golden Torch →

Common Golden Torch Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Golden Torch 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.

Golden Torch Water Frequency →

Golden Torch Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Golden Torch 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 🏡.

Golden Torch Light Requirements →

Golden Torch Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Golden Torch is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.

Golden Torch Toxicity to Cats →

Golden Torch Toxicity to Dogs →

Golden Torch Toxicity to Humans →

💨 Humidity

Golden Torch 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.

Golden Torch Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

Golden Torch 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!

Best Soil Mix for Golden Torch →

When and How to Successfully Repot Golden Torch →

💩 Fertilizer

Golden Torch 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!

How Much and When to Fertilize Golden Torch →

❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Golden Torch 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

Golden Torch is native to South America.

🌸 Flowers

Golden Torch produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.

Golden Torch Flowers →

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Golden Torch grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Golden Torch →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Golden Torch can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 9-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Golden Torch Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

Golden Torch can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

How to Propagate Golden Torch →

🧐 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.

😖 Common Issues

Overwatering is a likely cause of issues with Golden Torch. These plants are very sensitive to wet soil so if you notice your plant becoming squishy or translucent, overwatering is the likely culprit.

Cut your plant just past where the rot ends and allow it to callus over for a few days before replanting it in fresh, dry soil. Download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!

Care Summary for Golden Torch

Golden Torch

Golden Torch

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

Golden Torch has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 62
Golden Torch has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 20
Golden Torch has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 6
Golden Torch has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 4
Golden Torch has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
Golden Torch has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
@Jazlindreal avatar
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 196 XP

This guy has been through many tough times yet is still growing great.

Survivor Survivor
@GemRosemoss avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 46 XP
globe Saint-Eusèbe, Québec

this tiny cactus is really easy to take care of and they don’t need a lot of water or to be watered too often. Oh and it doesn’t hurt you fingers when you touch it!

Survivor Survivor
@caroljackson avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 344 XP
globe Coram, NY

So easy to take care of

Survivor Survivor
@Emily18 avatar
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 208 XP

I’ve had him since elementary school. So 6 years. If he can survive that he can survive anything. Only learned how to take proper care of him with the last year so he’s only now starting to grow!

@laurenr02 avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 101 XP

It leans toward the sun a lot so I have to rotate it daily. I did not know it was going to grow arms. If you pinch off the arms they will grow roots. It has bloomed before also. It has grown twice the size in four months!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fletcher avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 79 XP
globe Bentonville, AR

I had this guy for 6 years and I got hem at Walmart.🌵

Survivor Survivor
@miaaa avatar
leaf-1 54 Plants
xp 3,713 XP

Very easy to care for - just make sure to let it dry out in between waterings. It's a bit of a slow grower, but mine has produced a few blooms since I've had it

Survivor Survivor
@malar87 avatar
leaf-1 32 Plants
xp 4,699 XP
globe Offenbach am Main, Hessen

Such a trooper this one. If you ignore him too much, he‘ll just grow slower.

Fast grower Fast grower
@Bgrissom315 avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 160 XP

You can forget about this plant for weeks and weeks (I’ve gone over a month without watering) and it stays healthy as can be!

Survivor Survivor
Ruby avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 24 XP

i love duncan ❤️

Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Karin avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 84 XP
globe Murrieta, CA

Wade is the first plant I have been able to keep alive for more than a week, I have had him since 2019. He has grown at least 6-7 inches since then

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Erika avatar
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 135 XP

Super easy to take care of!

Valter avatar
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 228 XP
globe Valbo, Gavleborg County

Realllyyyy!! easy to take care of good for you that don’t have time to water a plant every day 😊🙂

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@faithplants avatar
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 438 XP
globe Norwich, England

I’ve kept this poor plant in the shade for years and I always forget to water it, but still it keeps strong. Though I haven’t notice a lot of growth. Perfect for someone who tends to neglect their plants.

Survivor Survivor
@emilytompkins avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 379 XP
globe Pound, VA

Such a sweet little cactus and grows really well as long as your give them room. They’re hardy and easy to take care of as long as you don’t overwater and give them light!

Survivor Survivor
@XYZ avatar
leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 7,353 XP

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!

Survivor Survivor
@lillieleeds avatar
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 834 XP

Soooo resilient!! Forgot about it for so long, found it not long ago and it’s still thriving!! Recommend for everyone

Survivor Survivor
@succlentgardens06 avatar
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 266 XP

It’s really easy to care for-coming from someone who kills every plant haha
They just need a lot of light!

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower

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