Golden Barrel Cactus (Echinocactus Grusonii) – The Cactus Outlet

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Echinocactus grusonii, commonly known as the Golden Barrel Cactus, is a species of cactus native to central Mexico. It is a slow-growing and long-lived species that can reach impressive sizes in the wild, with some specimens reportedly reaching over 3 feet in height and 5 feet in diameter.

In terms of cold hardiness, Echinocactus grusonii is quite hardy and can tolerate temperatures down to around 20°F when grown in dry, well-draining soil. However, it is important to protect the plant from excess moisture during the winter months, as wet soil combined with freezing temperatures can cause the plant to rot.

In terms of mature size, Echinocactus grusonii is a slow-growing plant that can take several years to reach its full size. The golden barrel cactus is covered in bright yellow spines and can produce striking yellow flowers in the summer months.

Barrel design and application suggestions:

Barrel cacti are very low maintenance and offer subtle beauty and interest. Our golden and red barrels offer great low maintenance color options for container gardeners or those looking to spruce up a landscape. A potted arrangement of cacti and succulents can always use a few barrel cacti for interest and contrast. In the landscape in suitable environments, barrel cacti look phenomenal in groupings. Barrel cacti will take relentless all day sun and moderate cold to the low twenties at night.

Why purchase our Barrel Cacti?

Our barrel cacti are grown in their native habitat right here in Southern Arizona. Raised outdoors with just the right amount of water and fertilizer, they come to you in their natural form. These plants do not come to you from a greenhouse. They are already hardy to whatever growing conditions you have to offer. Our barrel cacti present the same appearance as you will find them in their native habitats.

If you want to plant them in a container for a sunroom, patio or window planter, great! If you want to take your agaves and plant them in the ground, also great! No acclimation needed. Our plants are ready to go!

Reliable packaging and shipping

We strive to offer the most healthy cacti and succulents you can find anywhere that are shipped right to your door. Our plants are professionally packaged with expertise honed by shipping amazing plants to customers like you for over 20 years. Our packaging process ensures a bare minimum of damaged orders. All of our plants are wrapped in bubble wrap and tape, which should not be taken off until your plant is in its final home. The bubble wrap offers you and the plant additional protection while planting. All of our plants are shipped bare root.  

Customer Reviews

Based on 26 reviews

Golden Barrel

Rain Wheeler
Beautiful! Bigger than expected!

I ordered the smallest one available and it is absolutely amazing. It came very well packaged with bubble wrap around the plant so it was easy to put in the ground without getting stabbed. It got lost in the mail due to a blizzard and still arrived just fine with no damage. Also the cactus outlet was super helpful and told me that they would give me another if it wasn't found. I thought about buying a tiny one and waiting for it to grow but am super happy that I went with this one. I planted it in a big pot and it is now a great addition to my home.

Jeff Bradfeldt
Great plant

I have it currently in a pot until temperatures moderate, still getting down in the teens at night, I cover it up at night for now, but it's doing very well.

Michael Dunn
First barrel specimen

Delighted. Rather perfect.

Phil Arrasmith

Packaged well and looked great