Golden Ball Cactus

Notocactus Leninghausii “Golden Ball Cactus” Care & Buying Guide


Light requirements High
Water requirements Low
Ease of care Easy
Size Large
Toxicity Non-toxic
Zone 9b
Temperature resistance A little frost-hardy
Growth speed Medium
Indoor growing Suitable


Taking Care Of Notocactus Leninghausii “Golden Ball Cactus”

Ideal conditions

Notocactus Leninghausii “Golden Ball Cactus” requires partial to full sun and is best to keep outdoors where direct sunlight is readily available. In terms of temperatures, the Golden Ball Cactus is a little frost-hardy when fully dry (no lower than 25 degrees F or -3.9 degrees C), but it does best in warmer temperatures.


Water the Golden Ball Cactus just like any other succulent – only when the soil is dry to the touch. Since this plant is drought-resistant, you do not need to water it frequently.

Avoid overwatering the Golden Ball Cactus – standing water at root level is very likely to cause root rot.

In fall and autumn, the Golden Ball Cactus is dormant and requires little to no water. Overwatering cacti is much easier in lower temperatures, so you should at most occasionally mist the Golden Ball Cactus. The less water this cactus gets in winter, the more cold-hardy it is.

Where to plant

Plant Notocactus Leninghausii “Golden Ball Cactus” in a fast-draining cactus potting mix. Any mix made specifically for cacti should work with this plant. You may also add some pumice or perlite to the mix to improve drainage.

Even if you are intending to keep your cacti outdoors, plant the Golden Ball Cactus in a pot. This will make the plant more mobile, which can come in handy in winter when you need to move the cactus inside to protect it from low temperatures.

Due to its high light needs, indoor growing isn’t optimal for this cactus, though perfectly possible. Just make sure to place it on a window sill that receives direct sunlight most of the day.

Outdoors, you’ll be more flexible with the placement of the pot since it’s easier to find a spot that receives direct sunlight. With this in mind, outdoor growing is the best option for this plant.

Whether growing indoors or outdoors, be sure to temporarily place the cactus in a shaded location on hot days or during heatwaves. This will protect the plant from sunburn.

General care information

Notocactus Leninghausii “Golden Ball Cactus” can get pretty big – up to 12 inches tall and around 4 inches wide. To encourage growth and help the plant get bigger quicker, you may fertilize it during the growing months (spring & summer).

Use a cactus fertilizer mix diluted to half strength and fertilize your Golden Ball Cactus once every 4 to 8 weeks.

Repot the Golden Ball Cactus when it outgrows its container as well. Do the repotting in the spring. Generally, repotting once every 2-3 years works well enough for cacti, though once a year is preferable because you can check out the health of the cactus’ roots more frequently.

Repot when the soil is dry, and after repotting, keep the cactus dry to allow it to recover.