Plant Care Sonora Barrel

Sonora Barrel

4.7 out of 5 (3 experiences)

Sonora Barrel has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Sonora Barrel has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Coville's Barrel Cactus, Emory's Barrel Cactus and Traveler's Friend


Ferocactus echidne

How to care for Sonora Barrel


How often to water your Sonora Barrel

Water needs for Sonora Barrel
0.5 cups
every 12

Sonora Barrel 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 Sonora Barrel

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Sonora Barrel in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Sonora Barrel: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Sonora Barrel love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Sonora Barrel does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Sonora Barrel

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

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Care Summary for Sonora Barrel

Sonora Barrel

Sonora Barrel

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

Sonora Barrel has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 2
Sonora Barrel has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 1
Ray ray avatar
@Ray ray
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 27 XP
globe Hassall Grove, New South Wales

This plant is really cute and hits a spot for most people it can live without water for weeks on end and it scares away any pretitor with its spike, personally, I believe in crystals so I put amethyst and tigers eye on their soil so that I can ensure the health of my plant just put it on a sunny windowsill and watch it grow

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