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 Seattle, Washington.
Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
January 27th, 2023
Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Seattle is currently very low 📉.
The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in dete…
January 31st, 2023
Seattle is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!
The amount of sunlight in Seattle is expected to increase by 57.8% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 8.1 megajoules of energy per m2 pe…
January 30th, 2023
This month, Seattle is getting an average of 7.3 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.
Hours of daylight will increase by 16.3% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.9 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 Seattle, Washington ⛅.
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.
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!