Plant Care Golden Barrel Cactus

Golden Barrel Cactus

4.7 out of 5 (265 experiences)

Golden Barrel Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Golden Barrel Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Echinocactus grusonii and Echinocactus grusonii albispinus

Taxonomy

Kroenleinia grusonii
Kroenleinia
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 Austin, Texas.

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 Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas

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Growing Golden Barrel Cactus in Austin right now

Light needs for plant Golden Barrel Cactus in Austin, Texas

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

December 8th, 2022

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Austin is currently low 📉.

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

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Light needs for plant Golden Barrel Cactus in Austin, Texas

Sunlight will decrease by 17.4% ☀️

December 7th, 2022

Austin is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Austin is expected to decrease by 17.4% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 9.3 megajoules of energy per m2 per da…

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Light needs for plant Golden Barrel Cactus in Austin, Texas

Daylight will decrease by 0.6 hours 📉

December 8th, 2022

This month, Austin is getting an average of 7.9 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 5.7% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.0 total hours of dayli…

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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 Austin, Texas ⛅.

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 Austin, Texas

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

December 8th, 2022

The growing potential in Austin 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 …

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FAQs
Difficulty Level

Golden Barrel Cactus 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!


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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 Austin, Texas, 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 215
Golden Barrel Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 32
Golden Barrel Cactus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 24
Golden Barrel Cactus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 16
Golden Barrel Cactus has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 3
Golden Barrel Cactus has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 3
Golden Barrel Cactus has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 3
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@Mabes
leaf-1 77 Plants
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globe Los Angeles, CA
01/30/2022

Love this cactus. Husband got it for me on Valentine’s Day last year and i’ve went weeeks without watering it and it’s doing fine

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@Acecosmo
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 27 XP
globe Little Suamico, WI
01/18/2022

Just something beautiful about the plant

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@Sirolneya
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 53 XP
globe Fort Mill, SC
01/15/2022

Its sooooc ute and aesthetic

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@Kingocheesland
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 261 XP
01/11/2022

Doesn’t require much care, preferably placed in a bright sunny spot but is tolerant to dimmer rooms. It’s beatuful round shape is so appeasing!

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@Jadedtara
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 539 XP
globe Delaware, OH
01/03/2022

They are very slow growers, but they can survive a lot!

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@Uniqueplantlove
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 1,433 XP
01/02/2022

These are cactus so they do poke but great plants to have for decorating

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@Rdprdy
leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe Puyallup, WA
01/02/2022

Kind of a slow grower, but will definitely survive even the most negligent plant parent…. 🙇

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@Divinetreasures
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 1,890 XP
globe Lebanon, TN
12/06/2021

My son doesn’t want him so i adopted him

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@Remote
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 102 XP
12/03/2021

You don’t have to water cactuses a whole lot just remember that you need to put it where a lot of sunlight is because well the live in the dessert lol

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@Voidbugz
leaf-1 62 Plants
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globe Minneapolis, MN
11/20/2021

The spines are sharp lol

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@Terry
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 103 XP
globe San Diego, CA
11/11/2021

I just got them and I need help on how to take care of them

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@Rebekah
leaf-1 4 Plants
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globe Harbour Grace, Newfoundland and Labrador
11/05/2021

I haven’t killed him yet so he’s definitely a survivor!

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@Ashersmith
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 546 XP
globe Greenville, SC
10/12/2021

Extremely slow grower, but virtually indestructible.

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@Theaa
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 231 XP
10/10/2021

I like that you dont have to give them water so often,but i have given one of my cactuses too much water and now its all wobbly

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@Lauriin
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 111 XP
globe Berkhamsted, England
10/06/2021

Do not water very often, needs lots of sun

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@Axc
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 119 XP
10/05/2021

Super easy to care for, lil guy doesn’t have to be watered very often!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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@Jeff
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 102 XP
09/26/2021

Vff do n add v

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@Sheloves
leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe Midlothian, TX
09/23/2021

four got her name because my mom tried to place her back on the shelf she fell and toppled over and spiked four of her spikes in her forearm!

Blooms easily Blooms easily
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@Lor._.nor
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 156 XP
globe Ludlow, New Brunswick
09/20/2021

I love Charlie with all my heart he is no easy and I forgot to water him sometimes but he’s still here and he is tiny

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@Ez
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 91 XP
09/20/2021

I’ve had Apollo for about 4 months now and he’s doing great!

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