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Also known as
White Torch Cactus, Golden Column and Trichocereus spachianus
How to care for Golden Torch
How often to water your 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 San Jose, California.
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San Jose, California
Finding light for Golden Torch in your home
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 San Jose, California ⛅.
Golden Torch does not tolerate low-light 🚫.
How to fertilize Golden Torch
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.
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!
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 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 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 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 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!
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!
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.
Golden Torch is native to South America.
Golden Torch produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.
Golden Torch grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.
USDA Hardiness Zone
Golden Torch can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 9-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.
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
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
0.5 cups every 12 days
< 1ft from a window
Repot after 2x growth
Based on your location in San Jose, California, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.
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!