The Golden Barrel Cacti or Golden Ball are a ribbed, cylindrical shape, and covered with sharp golden spikes that catch the light. It grows very slowly, but has a lifespan of 30 years in optimal conditions. It can reach 3 ft in diameter and has deep ribs at maturity. After about 20 years of growth, it can also produce small yellow blooms around its crown. Wild Golden Barrel Cacti are endangered in its native habitat in east-central Mexico.
Caring for barrel cactus is quite easy and it makes a great plant for the beginner plant parent.
Thrives in bright sunlight. Place in or near a south facing window. Can not tolerate low light conditions. Avoid placing near air vents, humidifiers, and bathrooms where temperatures and humidity levels fluctuate.
Water every 3-4 weeks, allowing soil to drain and dry out between waterings. Do not leave any water in the tray or allow it to sit in water.