Tr. peruviana “Bart” is similar to Sharxx Blue but Bart actually predates Sharxx Blue by a long time and is from a completely different batch of seed. Bart would be referred to as a “white whale” as it is very rare and hard to come by.
This is your chance to get your hands on these beautifully blue and rare Peruvian Torch cacti.
Bart was originally isolated and cultivated by Bruce Bartels from Victoria, Aus. The original clone must be around 35 years old now. It is a very glaucus blue with short spines (much like Sharxx Blue). As you can see, he is a handsome guy. Another grower actually cloned the same plant and didn’t realise it was already names, he named it “Monassa Blue”. After a lot of flack from the community due to an honest mistake, turns out Bart and Monassa Blue are the exact same plant.
Peruvian Torch are relatively easily grown in the UK, especially due to the fact that they do not require massive amounts of sunlight. As most cacti grown in the UK, they are best grown in a greenhouse or conservatory (grow tents are also used for younger plants), South facing is a distinct advantage.
Watering from Spring (April) to beginning of Autumn (End September). Depending on what kind of summer we get will depend on how frequent you need to water, but, less is better with cacti. During the winter months, little to no watering is required or the roots could rot (they do not like to be wet for long periods).
In warmer climates, you could go for a more nutrient rich mixture (50% organic / 50% inorganic). But, in the UK, it is best to err more on the side of inorganic (60% – 70% inorganic) to ensure the pot is drained quickly.