• Golden Barrel Cactus

Golden Barrel Cactus

Native to the desert lands of Mexico, the Golden Barrel Cactus survives on plenty of full light and infrequent waterings, thanks to the storage system inside the barrel. These quirky cacti are as easy-going as they are a unique statement piece.

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Care Info


The Golden Barrel Cactus requires plenty of bright light. It should have access to many hours of full sun most days. Access to a South or West-facing window is best.


This cactus stores water inside its barrel, making it drought-tolerant and hardy to some periods of neglect. Water deeply after the soil has fully dried. This may be as infrequent as every 1-3 months. Reduce frequency during fall and winter.


Their native environment is warm and dry, so average indoor air tends to work well. Keep them in temperatures between 55º-80º and away from sources of humidity. 


Golden Barrel Cactus needles are not safe for pets or children.


Native to the desert lands of Mexico, the Golden Barrel cactus survives on very little water and plenty of full light. These cacti grow round, resembling a sphere with clusters of spiky golden needles growing along their ribs. In nature, these needles protect them from predators along with a toxic sap that can cause skin irritation in humans. Indoors, they can grow up to 2 feet tall and 10 inches wide.  


Active exposure to and care for plants has many proven wellbeing benefits, such as: 

  • Lower stress levels
  • Improved mood
  • Superior mental clarity and focus

Golden Barrel Cactus absorb carbon dioxie and release oxygen in return. This helps us breathe and sleep better. 


Cacti represent strength, protection, and endurance. The conditions they’re able to thrive and grow under are impressive for any living organism. Keep them nearby as a reminder of your own perseverance and will.


Easy Intermediate Experienced 


Arriving to you in careful packaging:

  • Live Golden Barrel Cactus  
  • Temporary 6-inch nursery pot
  • Care card with tips for success


We recommend clay or terra cotta planters with a drainage hole to provide ideal moisture control and airflow for the Golden Barrel. These can skip a few years in between repotting, and should be in a planter of the same size or no more than 2 inches larger.  

Ideal soil is a cacti/succulent mix with drainage-enhancing amendments such as sand or perlite.