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Echinocactus Grusonii ‘Golden Barrel Cactus’

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The Echinocactus Grusonii or ‘Golden Barrel Cactus’ may be a cute, round little plant, but it packs a punch! You’ll definitely want to wear gloves if you choose to repot this, but that won’t be necessary for awhile since they’re slow growers. This is a great addition to your desk garden if you have a sunny workspace and a good choice if you’re going for a Southwestern/Desert aesthetic! Overall they’re extremely easy to keep alive, needing only lots of bright light to thrive. They’ll also appreciate staying dry for awhile like the soil in their native habitat where they can grow to be up to 3’x3’!

Ed's Plant Profile

  • Botanical Name: Echinocactus Grusonii
  • Common Name(s): Golden Barrel Cactus
  • Family: Cactaceae
  • Native Range: Mexico 

Ed's Care Guide

  • Care Level: Easy
  • Light: Prefers bright light
  • Water: Water when soil is fully dry. Avoid overwatering 
  • Humidity: Average
  • Temperature: 60-70F
  • Pruning: Usually unnecessary 
  • Feeding: Cactus fertilizer during the Summer
  • Propagation: Cuttings
  • Growth: Upright, clumping
  • Pests: Uncommon
  • Toxicity: Non-toxic to humans to pets but it’ll prick you!