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  1. Keep in mind that with less light and less airflow/higher humidity, the ping may be more prone to rotting with wet media. With a lot of light and fair airflow, you can keep them quite wet during their summer phase, and even the succulent winter phase of some don’t mind some wetness if conditions are good.
  2. 6 watts is a miniscule amount of light, and at 30 cm away from the plants, is nowhere near enough light for them to survive. It shouldn’t have to do with a lack of calcium in the soil, I grow my gypsicola and acuminata in neutral media with no Ca, and they do just fine (calcium carbonate is referred to as lime and my local nursery, I suppose this is why common names are not useful in reality!)
  3. With Mexican Pings, I just water treat them how they want, rather than what I want. So, if something is awake in winter, I keep it watered.
  4. No, it can handle hard rains very easily. However, last year I did keep it in a large clear-plastic bin with a mesh lid along with my other cold temperates. The lid is intended to protect the hibernacula of other cold temperates from washing away in heavy rains (mesh weakens the rain) and to keep birds and slugs out. There wasn't really a reason to put the chilensis in there, I just wanted to keep them with their distant cold temperate cousins.
  5. Just some pics from today. I grow this (with my other cold temperates) indoors during the summer, as it is too hot outside. It will go back out in mid to late September
  6. P. chilensis and the European Pinguicula live in a lot of water in nature. I suspect that they were already dying from other reasons, and the water simply sped up the process (as when Pinguicula die, they rot). I have poured water on all of my Pinguicula in various conditions both indoors and outdoors, the only time I had issues was with a Pinguicula in improper conditions (terrarium, even with good airflow). That was my P. chuquisacensis, which typically grows very wet in nature but I believe that a terrarium is simply too stuffy to allow leaves to get wet. If conditions are good, some water on the leaves should not harm them.
  7. This is the white flower clone from BCP. This is becoming one of my favorite Mexican Pinguicula, right next to P. calderoniae (which is still #1 for me). Enjoy :)
  8. No, too young. Unfortunately, none of the cold temperate Pings I got from BCP in fall of 2016 produced flowers.
  9. I really like this species. These have some verry subtle veniation on the leaves. Unfortunately, it is hard to capture it in the images. Unfortunately, one seems to have made a hibernaculum for some reason, but at least I have plenty of others that are growing strong. :-)
  10. They have been indoors for a few weeks now, amongst other cold temperates, to prevent them from being damaged by hot temps. Makes for a great display, having all the Pinguicula together, though now the sect. Cardiophyllum are outdoors, since they like the hot temps.
  11. Possibly it could just be weak/old seed. I think that chuquisacensis does not store nearly as well as chilensis either; I have gotten 100% germination from chilensis stored in the fridge for a few months. In regards to the chilensis you sowed, did you so them on lfs? Seedlings from fresh chilensis seed I sowed on long fibered sphag have done terribly, and are still less than a cm after many months despite catching lots if springtails. I do not think their roots like the lots of space in the media, the seeds I've sown on peat/pumice always grow much better and faster. Perhaps I should transplant a chuquisacensis to a peat based medium (they were sown on lfs with a top layer of peat, they seemed to grow really fast when small, perhaps now that their roots have reached the lfs, they are slowing down).
  12. Hello everyone, I was wondering if anybody here grow P. chuquisacensis. I got some seeds from BCP November 2016, and I managed to get 4 to germinate of the 20 or so (probably just old seed). Unfortunately, one of the seedlings seemed to die, then start growing again, then slow and die again. The rest are quite slow-growing, sometimes they make a leaf that is slightly smaller than the previous before making larger leaves again. I've grown it in a wide variety of conditions, that I do not want to bother describing right now, so I'd like to hear what works for you guys first.
  13. I have only encountered one other person growing P. cubensis who has great success with it in peat. I also talked to Paul Temple, who suggested high humidity for them, which helped quicken the pace of growth for some. It is possible that much plants never got fully established after receiving them from BCP due to not giving them high humidity (they arrived without roots). I keep them in the temp range you display under two T5HO bulbs, in a tank with my petiolaris Drosera, always sitting in water, RH always around 80%, probably higher at night. I will get pics of the setup when I get home. When Ifeed them, I used maxsea spray, 1/4 tsp per gallon.
  14. I actually moved mine in during March. They for sure will not be able to handle our summers, but I discovered that even the winds we get during our wet springs dry the plants out too much. Any days that were cloudless was accompanied by sub 50% RH conditions, not good for these plants that lost their roots during winter dry-freezing.
  15. Yes, they also seem to dislike hot temps when there is low air humidity. Mine can handle temps up to 30 °C no problem, but the humidity is always at least 55%.
  16. I noticed the effect of yellowing and short life-span on the second chilensis that was beginning to be effected went away after being moved to conditions where day temps were consistently around 10-12 celsius, and nights cooler than that. I am not sure exactly how cold they need to be for proper winter rest, but since they essentially stop growing when temps near freezing, I am curious to know if fridge dormancy may work for them, even though they do not form hibernacula.
  17. Hello Jeff, I did not know the Cuban Pinguicula grew in calcareous soils. Could this be a reason for my P. cubensis growing very pale leaves? Interestingly, the ones I grew in peat seemed to lack this condition, but they did not do well longterm as it would rot their roots off. I figured it was some sort of nitrogen defficiency, as feeding them with foliar fertilizer helped make the next leaf greener, but the old leaves would not dew back up even after a very light feeding.
  18. Argo, do you give them a winter rest? This sounds like what happened to one of my plants that did not receive a winter cold/freezing period. They seem to only be able to skip just one winter.
  19. Thank you! These are in lfs mixed with some perlite, although I have better success getting the seeds to grow faster on 1:1 peat/pumice mix. I think they like to have fairly dense soil around their roots, and if the lfs is not well chopped or ground, the small roots of the seedlings hit pockets of air and they do not do well. The larger, already established plants do well transplanted into un-chopped lfs, which is how I received mine originally.
  20. My P. chilensis have done very well this spring, despite being set back during the winter by freezing winds (will do better to keep them from drying next winter). The flower looks white in the photo, but the colors are inaccurate due to the fluorescent lighting (my temperate Pinguicula are moved in towards the end of spring to protect against hot temps during summer). In reality, the color is a very light lilac.
  21. Andrew, if this is the patrickn who I think it is, then his lutea are doing very well. He has kindly given me quite a few lutea, as well as some other S.E. US pings (they are not my forte, haha).
  22. I would believe that high humidity would help mitigate the effects of heat. Mine likely struggled more during just 30 °C weather because our summers are very dry (30% humidity and below)
  23. I think as long as the humidity is high and the sunlight isn't too strong they will be fine. I got a grandiflora last year as my first temperate Ping, and it could not even handle temps much above 30 °C, however, I can only keep it in full sun or full shade, and full shad will not work for the plant. It is also very dry during the summer in my climate. The plant did much better after bringing it under lights indoors, where the max temp was only around 28°C
  24. Glad to see it's still out there in cultivation! Is P. albida still in cultivation? I have only seen P. cubensis, which has proven to be a plant that does not like being shipped too much to me. I'd like to try it from seed if I ever come across some, maybe thr plants will be better established and grow faster that way.
  25. Has anyone else noticed that their P. megaspilaea flowers have a sickly smell? I was sticking my face in my grow area as usual, when I though I smelled the typical sulfur-y smell of bad, decaying, peat. However, after some inspection it seemed to me the smell was coming from my megaspilae flowers! I have three up at the moment, which may have explained why I even noticed it in the first place, when my nose wasn't near the flowers.
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