Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Golden Barrel Cactus

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Name: Ed
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herrwood
Oct 13, 2017 1:36 PM CST
I had to go to home depot to get a wall switch to replace a bad one.
I saw this cactus there it looks to be about 8" in diameter.
It followed me home. Green Grin!


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Name: Thijs van Soest
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mcvansoest
Oct 13, 2017 2:03 PM CST
Looks great! You will have to find a really bright, dry, and warm spot for it come winter.

Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Oct 13, 2017 2:17 PM CST
I love them and have some in the ground in AZ that have done really well.

Here in NM I have a couple of large potted ones. They stay outside til about now, and then go into the house sitting in front of bright windows. They do just fine indoors but I don't water them much at all during the winter. In summer, the rains take care of them unless we have a drought. They grow faster for me than most cacti. I love them!
Good luck with yours!
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Name: Ed
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herrwood
Oct 13, 2017 4:27 PM CST
For now its going in a west window with some other cacti. Only have one south window and it has a big tree by it when the leaves drop in about a month I can us that window for the winter.
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Name: Thijs van Soest
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mcvansoest
Oct 13, 2017 4:47 PM CST
When I still lived in the Netherlands I had two growing on a south facing windowsill and while they were incredibly slow, they did grow and they are still alive just living with my parents.

In summer time these will take a good amount of water as long as it is really fast draining soil and as Karen says actually can be quite fast growers.

Name: Frenchy
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Frenchy21
Oct 14, 2017 1:35 PM CST
herrwood said:I had to go to home depot to get a wall switch to replace a bad one.
I saw this cactus there it looks to be about 8" in diameter.
It followed me home. Green Grin!


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Ed that is a really cute cactus. Lovey dubby I'm really bad at HD - these cacti really know how to jump into my cart. Hilarious! Especially at $4.95 Smiling each. They have a lot of them in stock right now. Blinking
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Lucillle
Oct 14, 2017 4:37 PM CST
Herrwood that is a magnificent big cactus, can't believe you found something that nice at HD!
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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Oct 14, 2017 7:31 PM CST

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Yes, it is just about perfect.

To give you some idea of what's in store, here is one that started out here a little smaller and far less nice than yours maybe 10 years ago... and now in its final (14"?) pot, eventually (who knows when) going in the ground. It gets zero shade. These can be really long lived container plants and they don't require a lot of attention.

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I think the advice about strong light is especially important indoors. Ed, your south window with the deciduous tree sounds perfect.


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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Oct 14, 2017 7:46 PM CST
Most of the ones I've had take about 10 years before they bloom. Is it like that where you are, Baja?
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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Oct 14, 2017 8:20 PM CST

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To the best of my knowledge my plant has never flowered. I don't know how long it takes in general, but I'd imagine the care and the location have something to do with it. Nursery growers can no doubt race these things along to maturity faster than I ever could. Smiling

Some golden barrels here from various places in central Mexico. From baby to juvenile to adult and even a senior citizen or two. Smiling Last plant looks like it was rescued from habitat.

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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Oct 14, 2017 8:27 PM CST
Thanks for all the photos, Baja. The senior citizens have been flowering. The flowers are fairly insignificant compared to the beauty of some other cacti flowers. Here is one of mine in bloom.

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Name: Thijs van Soest
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mcvansoest
Oct 14, 2017 8:54 PM CST
I do not think Baja's is of blooming age yet. When they are getting ready to bloom the top will become flatter and much more woolly than the younger plants, to the point where the wool makes it look like there are very few to no spines. I have one which was pretty big when I got it that took about 5 years for me to start blooming, but I suspect it was at least 10 years old when I got it. It probably was a little smaller than Baja's plant.

I have 5 others, 1 of which is a little smaller than Ed's plant and in a pot still - I should take some pictures it has developed some really cool banding. The remaining 4 are in different spots in my yard and one of them has just started developing the 'flat' woolly head, which I am pretty sure than I can expect flowers on it pretty soon. The others are all still in full on spiny mode.

Here is a close up of the top of my big one. The flowers come up in the woolly area and then as the cactus grows move towards the edge where you can see a lot of spent flowers.
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This is it again more of an overview picture with a couple of flowers. This from June 2016.
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Here is a picture of the smaller one from April this year as you can see it has a pretty extensive woolly area, but nothing like the older one:
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And here is the same plant 4 months earlier, you can see how much less developed the wool on top is:
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Name: Thijs van Soest
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mcvansoest
Oct 14, 2017 9:05 PM CST
Great pictures Baja and Karen. Karen, while yours is still very spiny up on top, it has definitely developed that thick wool that I think portends that it has matured to flowering age. It looks like your plant is flower at much smaller size than many of my non-flowerers currently are. Mine get a lot of extra water in the summer, I suspect that makes them happy growers, but possibly not happy flowerers...
All species in the genus Echinocactus have those woolly tops. A common name of the Echinocactus polycephalus is cotton top barrel cactus, for their woolly tops and fruits.

Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Oct 14, 2017 9:36 PM CST
I've never given the Golden barrels much water, Thijs. If it doesn't rain, they get a little water maybe once a month in summer. I don't know if that helps them to flower earlier or not.
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Name: Ed
Central ,NJ (Zone 6b)
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herrwood
Oct 16, 2017 5:23 AM CST
It is interesting and educational reading the replies that is what I like most about this site.
I don't usually buy plants at HD as they tend to have a lot of the same plants and some not in great condition at least in the store by me. But this one caught my attention as they usually have smaller plants.
It was $20 and having just put about $40 worth of gas in my truck that will last about a week seemed like a good deal.
The clerk was afraid to touch it I guess because of the spike so he just scanned the label and asked my to just carry it out. Hilarious!
Plants are like that little ray of sunshine on a rainy day.

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