How to grow Barrel cactus

Barrel cactus grow and care – cactus of the genus Echinocactus also known as Golden barrel cactus or Echinocactus grusonii, Barrel cactus perennial evergreen used as ornamental drought tolerant plant, can grow in desert, mediterranean, subtropics or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 9-12.

Stem color green the shape is round like globe spines cover the entire stem and can be in white or yellow color.

Barrel cactus flowers

Flower color can be: yellow, red or orange, the flower bloom on top of bud like fruit.

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How to grow Barrel cactus growing and care:

More than -5C, dry soil

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Vegetative reproduction

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Doesn’t like too much water

Planting season:
All year

Pests and diseases:
Snails, slugs

Pruning season:
All year

How to prune:

Size of the plant?
0.5-2.5 m, 20-100 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Slow growing

Water requirement:
Small amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season:

General information about the flower
Yellow, red or orange flowers, the flower bloom on top of bud like fruit

Scientific name:


How to grow Barrel cactus

Echinocactus grusonii planting on wall

Growing Barrel cactus

Echinocactus grusonii

Growing Echinocactus grusonii

Golden barrel cactus

Barrel cactus plant

Barrel cactus


Blooming Seasons
  • Spring flowers
Flower colors
  • Orange flower
  • Red flower
  • Yellow flower
  • Desert Climate
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Temperate Climate
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental flower
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Slow growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Cactus
  • Perennial plant
Plant Uses
  • Drought tolerant plants
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
  • Winter planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
Watering plants
  • Small amounts of water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11
  • Hardiness zone 12
  • Hardiness zone 9