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    Sci-Fi, rock music. Growing various unusual plants like cacti, succulent plants, aroids and of course CP's.

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  1. hi Argo, yes will do. I got worried this earlier this year when they still hadn't flowered but was advised that as long as the leaves are dewy and growing not to worry. Sure, I'll be sharing the news when I have any.
  2. I have a few P gigantea, the largest 2 of them are around 10cm diameter and have not flowered yet.
  3. My understanding is a slowing down of growth rather than dormancy. I have one I keep in a south facing bathroom window which is still growing new pitchers. My other one in the greenhouse hasn't grown anything new all year except a couple of flower stalks.
  4. pinguicula accuminata care

    What is your source of water? If it's tap water do you know the ph. Are you trying to raise the ph with the crushed coral? I have occasionally added dolomitic lime to a few Pings but never saw any meaningful evidence that it grew stronger plants so I stopped bothering and just used a "mostly inorganic" mix with, like yours, a little peat. Whatever the answer to all these questions you obviously grow other Pings successfully so the real question is must be what's different about these 2 plants? Like I mentioned before could just be they didn't settle in and for reasons unknown decided to decline/die. Sad when it happens but we just keep trying.
  5. pinguicula accuminata care

    What is your watering regime? How big is the plant? Have you tried digging it up and seeing what the roots are doing? I use a mostly inorganic medium too, I don't use vermiculite and have never tried crushed coral Minimum temp in my greenhouse has been 7C during the last couple of nights. Reducing the temperature might help but if you're in the tropics somewhere then this might be difficult. I have found that new Mexican Pings can sometimes sulk for long periods when they first arrive especially if they're very small, most recover and grow well but unfortunately some just decline until they die. Try to post a photo if you can. Good luck with it.
  6. how to water a Pinguicula?

    My Mexican Pings are mostly in plastic pots although I do have a group of P gracilis in a tiny ceramic bonsai pot and a group of P x tina in a large green soup mug with a handle.
  7. how to water a Pinguicula?

    I water all of mine in the tray, reducing the amount in Winter. If I spill any on the leaves I blot it up with a bit of kitchen towel (apart from P emarginata which seems to prefer wetter conditions in my greenhouse)
  8. U, longifolia

    No, haven't tried that.
  9. P. gypsicola

    True but at least now it's no longer stuck in dormancy you know it's healthy, just a bit confused. Looks good.
  10. Pinguicula watering

    Yes, they're not bog plants so are more tolerant of drier conditions but still prefer more humidity than cacti (in the house or greenhouse). I use some large leafy P. tina plants in my cactus GH during the growing season as they tend to catch mainly fungus gnats and not pollinating insects. Now the growing season for cacti is pretty much over and pollinating insects have gone for the year I've hung lots of yellow sticky cards around the GH. Fungus gnats do seem to be abundant this year.
  11. Pinguicula watering

    Hello and welcome to the forums. For me the answer to your question would partly depend on how big are the plants and how tall are the pots they're in. I have some P. gigantea in pots about 4 inch tall and these do stand in around 1 inch of water during the growing season. Many of my other Mexican Pings are small and live in 2 inch pots, these stand in no more than 1cm water (sorry mixing imperial and decimal units). I don't water again until there is no water left in the tray, but do not let the pots dry out. My P. weser is in a medium sized pot and gets the 1cm treatment. In Winter I just add water to the tray when required so that the compost remains damp. I understand Pings aren't that picky but I've never tried anything except rain water, your distilled should be fine for them too. Hope this helps.
  12. Pinguicula in habitat

    Hi Karsty, thanks for posting this reminder about the WoP, there's loads of great information there. A pity the site hasn't been updated for a long time but at least the owner has left it in place as a useful resource. The species/hybrids and growing tips pages were a couple I regularly went to when I first started growing Pings.
  13. Aristolochia

    Very interesting Richard, thanks for sharing.
  14. I have one in a greenhouse heated through Winter to around 7 or 8C, the other in a South facing bathroom window all year round, the second one generally shows more growth year round.
  15. My first cactus

    watch out for glochids when it grows up!