The barrel cactus Echinocactus Grusnii is a type of cactus that is native to the deserts of the southwestern United States and Mexico. They are known for their distinctive barrel-shaped body and large spines. They come in different species but all of them have a similar appearance, characteristics and care.
Light: Barrel cacti prefer full sun and can tolerate very hot temperatures. They can also tolerate partial shade, but they will not grow as vigorously and may not produce as many flowers.
Water: Barrel cacti are drought-tolerant and can survive long periods without water. They should only be watered when the soil is completely dry. When you do water, give the soil a deep soak to ensure that the water reaches the roots.
Temperature: Barrel cacti can tolerate a wide range of temperatures, from hot summers to cold winters. They can even survive in temperatures as low as 20°F.
Soil: Barrel cacti prefer well-draining, sandy soil.
Fertilizer: Barrel cacti do not require fertilization, but can benefit from occasional fertilization with a cactus fertilizer during the growing season.
Propagation: Barrel cacti can be propagated by seed or by taking offsets (small barrel cacti that grow around the base of the main plant) and planting them in their own pots.
It's important to note that barrel cacti have sharp spines and should be handled with care. Also, all cacti are sensitive to over watering, and their roots can easily rot.