Top Questions About Barrel Cactus Plants

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Questions About Barrel Cactus Plants

Asked by
mamaplant on
March 4, 2012

Q. Barrel Cacti

We are redoing the backyard. There are several cacti that I would like to save and place in pots. What is the best way to do this without causing stress to the plants. Not sure about the root system or how to go about with the transplant.

Answered by
Nikki on
March 5, 2012
Certified Expert
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First, make sure to wear gloves and protective clothing to avoid injury from its spines. Try to get up as much of the root system as possible and then transplant into the pots. You can shake off any extra dirt and simply mix in with cactus soil or sand. While it will need some initial watering following transplantation, remember, it is a succulent a will require little in the way of water once it establishes in its new location.

This article will help with growing the plant in pots: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/barrel-cactus/barrel-cactus-care.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 18, 2014

Q. Giant Barrel Cactus

I have an approximately 21-inch diameter giant barrel cactus that I have grown since it was very small (over 30 years). I tried to transplant it by myself last year and the plastic pot I finally got it into cracked. We managed to put a brace on the pot to keep it from breaking completely apart but it fell off a few weeks later. I want to transplant it again into a larger, brick pot but I want to see if you have some tips on doing this because the plant is extremely heavy. I was thinking of some kind of pulley to put on the ceiling beam of our garage to hoist it up. Any other ideas on how to transplant the cactus to ensure it not being damaged or us getting hurt in the process by its spines?

Answered by
Nikki on
March 18, 2014
Certified Expert
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If you have some scrap carpet, you can have one person use this to hold and steady the plant while another person levers it out with a shovel. This article also has directions for a different method: http://ag.arizona.edu/pubs/garden/az1376.pdf

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Asked by
Tee on
April 1, 2014

Q. Barrel cactus

How do I remove the 3 new baby cactus growing toward the bottom of the mature one?

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
April 2, 2014
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Asked by
sslin2535 on
April 15, 2015
North Florida Zone 9

Q. Is there anything we can do to this barrel cactus

Just got this barrel cactus a year ago. This past winter we got a lot of rain and one of the cactus developed a condition like this. Is it because of the amount of water we got or did it contract some kind of disease? And is there anything we can do to bring it back to normal again?

Answered by
shelley on
April 16, 2015
Certified Expert
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When barrel cactus get too much water they develop a high turgor pressure in the stem which causes the skin to split. When it comes to cacti splits, the damage is permanent and there is nothing you can do but hope it scars over. At this point I would worry about root rot especially if it has been over-watered - a re-potting of the plant is probably in order.

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Asked by
Dcooper on
August 18, 2015
Phoenix AZ

Q. barrel cactus

I have two barrel cactus that have grown up and out of the ground. Can I dig around them and settle them back in the ground? They look funny and I want to dig under them so they can fall/settle back in the ground.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
August 19, 2015
Certified Expert
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Yes, you should be able to do so.
I have listed a few links for you with care information and a great tutorial on transplanting a Barrel Cactus that should help you.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/barrel-cactus/barrel-cactus-care.htm
https://extension.arizona.edu/sites/extension.arizona.edu/files/pubs/az1376.pdf

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Asked by
bella10 on
September 14, 2015
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Q. Barrel cactus turning yellow

My barrel cactus is turning yellow about 1″ at the base. It is about 3″ tall about a few years old. It is in a pot with another one that is slightly taller and there are many babies around both cactus. If I cut off the yellowing part at the base, I won’t have much of a plant left! Can I root what is left? They are in a 6″ clay pot. Should I take out the cactus with yellow. It is hard to see in the photo

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
September 16, 2015
Certified Expert
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Check the soil. This can be due to overwatering.
The soil should be of a sandy type and dry well in-between waterings.
Over watering or the soil staying soggy can result in the cactus developing root rot.

Check the soil, don't rely on a watering schedule.

Here is a link to refresh you on the care.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/barrel-cactus/barrel-cactus-care.htm

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Asked by
bella10 on
September 16, 2015
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Q. Barrel cactus

So I am pretty sure I over watered my cactus because it is yellowing at the base. Now I know how I am suppose to water it. However, should I cut off the base of the plant where it is yellow, which I am sure will destroy the plant? Should I just leave it alone and see what it does?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
September 18, 2015
Certified Expert
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You will not be able to cut off the Barrel Cactus and repot.
You are in a wait and see phase.

Try not to stress and remember that a plant loss happens and gives you the opportunity to learn and go plant shopping!

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