Living in the verdant desert landscape of Southern Arizona, you’ve likely grown to appreciate the distinctive beauty of cacti and succulents. Many of these drought resistant plants are native to the Sonoran Desert, and many others thrive here thanks to their low water needs and love for regular sunlight. The golden barrel cactus is a particularly popular addition to water wise landscapes in Tucson, because it produces beautiful yellow flowers in the mid-summer season. If you’re thinking of planting a golden barren cactus on your property, look at these cactus care FAQs.
Where’s the best place to plant a golden barrel cactus?
You can plant golden barrel cacti in containers, which may be ideal for homes with curious kids and pets. However, golden barrel often thrives best in water wise yards with well drained soil. Golden barrels should have lots of room to grow, as they will produce offshoots, which can later be trimmed or replanted in other areas. Full sun isn’t necessary since direct sunlight can be too harsh for the barrel cactus in summer. However, you’ll still want to give it plenty of sun exposure where its planted.
Are barrel cacti safety hazards?
Like any cactus, the barrel cactus can look somewhat intimidating. However, when planted out of the way of walking paths and pet runs, this cactus won’t pose much of a safety hazard on your property. A pair of thick gloves can assist in pruning and transplanting these cacti.
How often does this cactus need watering?
Golden barrel cacti may not need regular watering at all since they prefer dry soil and are adapted to arid conditions. Still, some nurseries will recommend watering regularly to encourage fuller growth of flowers during the blooming season. If you do water your golden barrel cactus, be sure to let the soil dry completely before the next watering.
For help planning and maintaining your water wise Tucson landscape, call Complete Landscaping at (520) 323-8918. Our team will bring expert knowledge of local, native plants as well as other drought-resistant varieties to fill out your yard.