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


Kroenleinia grusonii

How to care for Golden Barrel Cactus


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 Tallahassee, Florida.

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

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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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 Tallahassee, Florida

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Growing Golden Barrel Cactus in Tallahassee right now

Light needs for plant Golden Barrel Cactus in Tallahassee, Florida

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

January 30th, 2023

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

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

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Light needs for plant Golden Barrel Cactus in Tallahassee, Florida

Daylight will increase by 0.8 hours 📈

February 2nd, 2023

This month, Tallahassee is getting an average of 7.8 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 7.5% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.9 total hours of …

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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 Tallahassee, Florida ⛅.

Golden Barrel Cactus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


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.

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:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Tallahassee, Florida, 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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globe Los Angeles, CA

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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globe Little Suamico, WI

Just something beautiful about the plant

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globe Fort Mill, SC

Its sooooc ute and aesthetic

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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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globe Delaware, OH

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

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

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globe Puyallup, WA

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

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globe Lebanon, TN

My son doesn’t want him so i adopted him

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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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globe Minneapolis, MN

The spines are sharp lol

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globe San Diego, CA

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

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globe Harbour Grace, Newfoundland and Labrador

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

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globe Greenville, SC

Extremely slow grower, but virtually indestructible.

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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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globe Berkhamsted, England

Do not water very often, needs lots of sun

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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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Vff do n add v

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globe Midlothian, TX

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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globe Ludlow, New Brunswick

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

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