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California barrel cactus
California barrel cactus
California barrel cactus
California barrel cactus
California barrel cactus
California barrel cactus
California barrel cactus
Ferocactus cylindraceus
Also known as : Miner's compass
California barrel cactus, or Ferocactus cylindraceus, gets its name from its barrel shape. Also, ferocactus means fierce or wild cactus. This is probably the largest type of cactus that grows in American deserts. This cactus has fierce spines, flowers that grow out of the top, and hollow yellow fruits that generally are not regarded as edible.
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Attributes of California barrel cactus

Lifespan
Perennial
Planting Time
Spring, Summer, Fall
Bloom Time
Spring, Summer, Early fall, Late winter
Plant Height
2 m
Spread
1.2 m
Leaf Color
Yellow
Flower Color
Yellow
Leaf type
Evergreen
Pollinators
Beetles, Wasps, Flies
Benefits to Pollinating Insects
Adult food

Symbolism

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Scientific Classification of California barrel cactus

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Distribution of California barrel cactus

Habitat of California barrel cactus

Desert, chaparral
Northern Hemisphere
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Temperature Temperature Temperature
What is the optimal temperature for California barrel cactus?
For this tropical plant to thrive, you’ll want to keep them between 75℉ and 90℉ (25-32℃). Each species can handle temperatures outside of this range, but keeping it within several degrees of these limits will ensure they grow to their maximum potential.
As for its extreme temperature limits, any environment below 50℉ (10℃) or above 95℉ (35℃) will begin to hinder its growth and cause various aberrations to its leaves and stems. This is especially true with low temperatures; even a light frost can cause your tropical plants to perish. Cellular death can begin to happen at a rapid pace, with some species dying in as little as 12 to 24 hours.
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Does California barrel cactus require different temperatures for different growing phases?
While California barrel cactus doesn’t require any changes in temperature to enter different growing phases, it is important to stay consistent. Wild temperature fluctuations can slow down its growth regardless of its current phase, so it's always better to keep them in a controlled environment. That optimal temperature range of 75℉ and 90℉ (25-32℃) is vital to maintain, especially staying above the lower limit. Going above 90℉(32℃) isn’t ideal, but as tropical plant it won’t suffer too much. On the other hand, going below 50℉ (10℃) (and especially 40℉/5℃) will begin to directly damage this heat-loving plant species.
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Does California barrel cactus need different temperatures for different seasons?
California barrel cactus does not need different temperatures for different growing seasons. The most important step in seasonal care is to keep the environment within the optimal temperature range. That's why it's always best to keep this plant indoors. That way, you can control the temperature no matter what the climate is like outside.
Light is also important for tropical species, with all of these plants preferring a partial side level of sun exposure. This means any light they receive needs to be dappled or filtered, with bright but indirect light being the best option when growing your plants indoors. Too much direct sunlight can negatively affect your plant’s leaves, reducing its growth potential.
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What are the temperature guidelines to keep your California barrel cactus healthy?
Tip #1: Don’t Leave Your Plant Near Windows in Colder Months
If you want to make sure your plant isn’t exposed to colder temperatures, you may want to keep them away from windows. In colder months like late fall and winter, even the smallest draft can leak cold air into your home through cracks in your windows. While this air usually dissipates and warms up as it travels throughout your home, any plants placed in close proximity to the window will be affected. Move your tropical plants into an area where they will still get bright but indirect light, while making sure they won’t be affected by potential drafts.
Tip #2: If You Find Dry Patches, Your Plant May Be Getting Too Much Sunlight or Heat
You may notice the leaves become white or even scorched on a sunny day. These discolorations and unusual markings usually indicate that a plant is getting too much heat or sunlight, and it may be dehydrated. Excess light and heat will dry out the soil, stopping plants from getting the moisture they need to support their cellular structure. It also slows down or stops the process of photosynthesis, further hindering growth. If ignored for too long, these dry spots can spread and eventually result in the death of your plants.
Tip #3: Avoid Frost at All Costs
Colder temperatures and frost can damage your plants by causing ice crystals or disrupt normal physiological activity. This makes it nearly impossible for water to move freely throughout plant tissue, creating a deficit of moisture in their stems and leaves. You can tell a plant has been damaged by frost if it begins to suffer from hydrosis (it will appear as though it's soaked with water.) If the problem persists, your plants may begin shriveling and turning a dark brown or black hue. After that, the plant will almost certainly die.
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What is the best way to maintain the right temperature for my California barrel cactus?
The best way to maintain the right temperature range for California barrel cactus is by keeping an eye on both the climate and humidity. You’ll want to try to keep each species in a room where you have access to climate control, keeping the heat in the temperature range best mimics its natural habitat. The humidity levels will also have a direct effect on temperature, so it's important to monitor these as well. You can artificially raise the humidity of your growing space by using a humidifier or lightly misting the leaves with water.
If you intend to grow this species outside, you may find it difficult to maintain the right balance of temperature and humidity. If temperatures begin to drop or the air becomes too dry, your best option is to find room within your home and move your plant inside. An indoor growing space will allow you to control the climate more closely, helping your plant reach its full potential.
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Full sun
The california barrel cactus has a strong affinity to generous light exposure, synonymous with its natural habitat. Inadequate light results in growth impediments, while an excess could lead to sunburn. Throughout its growth stages, this plant flourishes best with substantial light levels.
Best Sunlight Practices
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0 43 ℃
California barrel cactus naturally thrives in environments with temperatures ranging from 68 to 100 °F (20 to 38 ℃). This plant prefers heat and can adapt to minor fluctuations. Adjustments may be necessary during cold seasons to ensure survival.
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Ferocactus cylindraceus
Also known as: Miner's compass
California barrel cactus, or Ferocactus cylindraceus, gets its name from its barrel shape. Also, ferocactus means fierce or wild cactus. This is probably the largest type of cactus that grows in American deserts. This cactus has fierce spines, flowers that grow out of the top, and hollow yellow fruits that generally are not regarded as edible.
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Attributes of California barrel cactus

Lifespan
Perennial
Planting Time
Spring, Summer, Fall
Bloom Time
Spring, Summer, Early fall, Late winter
Plant Height
2 m
Spread
1.2 m
Leaf Color
Yellow
Flower Color
Yellow
Leaf type
Evergreen
Pollinators
Beetles, Wasps, Flies
Benefits to Pollinating Insects
Adult food
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Distribution of California barrel cactus

Habitat of California barrel cactus

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The california barrel cactus has a strong affinity to generous light exposure, synonymous with its natural habitat. Inadequate light results in growth impediments, while an excess could lead to sunburn. Throughout its growth stages, this plant flourishes best with substantial light levels.
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Indoor plants require adequate lighting for optimal growth. When natural sunlight is insufficient, particularly in winter or in less sunny spaces, artificial lights offer a vital solution, promoting faster, healthier growth.
1. Choose the right type of artificial light: LED lights are a popular choice for indoor plant lighting because they can be customized to provide the specific wavelengths of light that your plants need.
Full sun plants need 30-50W/sq ft of artificial light, partial sun plants need 20-30W/sq ft, and full shade plants need 10-20W/sq ft.
2. Determine the appropriate distance: Place the light source 12-36 inches above the plant to mimic natural sunlight.
3. Determine the duration: Mimic the length of natural daylight hours for your plant species. most plants need 8-12 hours of light per day.
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Just like people, each plant has its own preferences. Learn about your plants' temperature needs and create a comforting environment for them to flourish. As you care for your plants, your bond with them will deepen. Trust your intuition as you learn about their temperature needs, celebrating the journey you share. Lovingly monitor the temperature around your plants and adjust their environment as needed. A thermometer can be your ally in this heartfelt endeavor. Be patient and gentle with yourself as you explore your plants' temperature needs. Cherish your successes, learn from challenges, and nurture your garden with love, creating a haven that reflects the warmth of your care.
Essentials
California barrel cactus naturally thrives in environments with temperatures ranging from 68 to 100 °F (20 to 38 ℃). This plant prefers heat and can adapt to minor fluctuations. Adjustments may be necessary during cold seasons to ensure survival.
Regional wintering strategies
California barrel cactus is extremely heat-loving, and any cold temperatures can cause harm to it. In the autumn, it is recommended to bring outdoor-grown California barrel cactus indoors and place it near a bright window, but it should be kept at a certain distance from heaters. Maintaining temperatures above {Suitable_growth_temperature_min} during winter is beneficial for plant growth. Any temperatures approaching {Tolerable_growing_temperature_min} are detrimental to the plant.
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Low Temperature
California barrel cactus prefers warm temperatures and is not tolerant of low temperatures. It thrives best when the temperature is above {Suitable_growth_temperature_min}. During winter, it should be kept above {Tolerable_growing_temperature_min}. When the temperature falls below {Limit_growth_temperature}, the leaves may lighten in color. After frost damage, the color gradually turns brown or black, and symptoms such as wilting and drooping may occur.
Solutions
Trim off the frost-damaged parts. Immediately move indoors to a warm environment for cold protection. Choose a spot near a south-facing window to place the plant, ensuring ample sunlight. Additionally, avoid placing the plant near heaters or air conditioning vents to prevent excessive dryness in the air.
High Temperature
During summer, California barrel cactus should be kept below {Suitable_growth_temperature_max}. When the temperature exceeds {Tolerable_growing_temperature_max}, the color of the leaves becomes lighter, and the plant becomes more susceptible to sunburn.
Solutions
Trim away the sunburned and dried-up parts. Move the plant to a location that provides shade from the midday and afternoon sun. Water the plant in the morning and evening to keep the soil moist.
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