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  1. Hi guys, Thanks for the comments and interest in the plants. No doubt too early to speak of stability, but I still have both cristate forms going strong in my collection. -dvg
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    Very nice to see another carnivorous monstrosity Ada! Thanks for sharing your little monster. ;) dvg
  3. Thanks Corky. Here are a few pics from today. One of these crested forms in a 3 inch clay pot, resting atop a bed of garnets. dvg
  4. Since the last series of photos were taken on this thread, I attempted to clean up the dead roots and leaves from the fringes and underside of this cristate form, which resulted in a tidier plant that broke apart cleanly into three pieces. These three pieces continue to grow in a signature serpentine "S" shaped pattern. Some leaf pullings taken just prior to the mother plant's conversion to crested growth, have all remained in rosette growth. dvg
  5. Hello Marcel, my AW N. clipeata clone 3 male is currently flowering, although the individual male flowers have not opened yet. Please let me know if I can help. dvg
  6. Haha, looks like mexi-ping this has gotten your imaginative juices flowing. :) I don't usually provide an instructional illustration to aid in understanding a series of photos, but hopefully this might come in handy in following what i'm about to show you. This cristate growth pattern began in the center of this Pinguicula rosette and grew out in two opposite directions away from the centre. Now the leading growth points are curling back in a counter clock-wise direction resulting in a shallow inverted "S" shape. I am going to attempt to follow this cristate growth corresponding to the left-sided arrow around the hairpin turn at the top, over the hump in the center, descending down the back-slope, around the bend at the bottom and finally back up the backstretch to the finish at the right-sided arrow. Got it? Good! Let get going. :) Here is the side of this mexi-ping, with the dead leaves showing the cleavage I had hoped would result in a splitting into two of this plant. And another shot of this end's growth. Around the first bend and ascending up to the peak and then descending down the other side and around the last turn to at last the other end. dvg
  7. Thanks guys, I suppose the good thing about growing something this slow is that everything else seems relatively fast by comparison. This species is considered the slowest growing of all cactus species and should now grow about 1 mm in diameter per annum. The tricky part is keeping them alive until they get to this size, at which point they become a lot easier to keep in cultivation on their own roots.
  8. Here is an update on the two remaining Aztekium ritteri seedlings from this seed batch sown back in 2007. These two are starting to push out differentiated growth from their crowns. They have now grown to the 2-3 mm size, so they should be much hardier and hopefully will grow out to adulthood, but at a growth rate of 1 mm in diameter per annum, that will take a while. dvg
  9. A couple of shots taken in the shade today. These mexi-pings, when given adequate light, have a faint pink stripe mid-leaf extending out to the fringe of the leaf. I was able to break apart a couple of these cristata forms into two pieces with my fingers, so there are at least six of these growing in this pot now, along with a couple potential offset prospects that were separated away from a couple of the cristate forms. (a couple shots taken in the sun) These cristates also form offset growths that retain their cristate pattern, which are then removed and hopefully these will 'catch' and grow into mature cristate forms as well. (top row, centre) These forms can be propagated by: a) letting them divide into two on their own b) breaking the cristate growths into two or more pieces c) offset cristate growths that were separated from mother plants are looking promising. d) thus far, single leaf pulls have resulted in typical rosette type growth. dvg
  10. Thanks guys, here is an update from today. Top view Side view Opposite side dvg
  11. Here are a few pics from today. And I found another pic with some cristate ping forms in it - scroll down to the bottom of the page in the link below. http://carnivorousplant.com/growing_pinguicula_detailed.html dvg
  12. Hi Rodrigo, Thanks for providing that link to another cristate ping pic - I really enjoy looking at these interesting forms. It seem that Mexican pings are capable of regularly going into cristate growth, just as cacti and other succulents are able to show this type of growth. So it is very possible that the pic you've provided and my plant are separate and correctly labelled. I've noticed what appear to be a couple of typical growth offsets being produced from the bottom of the smaller division. If these grow out to be like the other regular P. jaumavensis in the pot, then that will confirm what species this cristate growth actually is. Here are some pics from May 21, 2013 showing the larger mother and the smaller daughter ping. A pic of the smaller daughter ping on May 27, 2013. I had expected the larger mother to divide again before the daughter did. A shot from today, May 30, showing the mother in the foreground. Last night though, I noticed that the smaller form (on right) was already in the process of dividing, and it should be fully divided into two separate plants in just over a week or so. When these forms decide to divide, it happens quickly. An update from June 10, 2013 Since my last post, the dividing ping completed the division. I like to let these dry out after they divide and this time I removed the dome these were growing under. A side effect of having more light, resulted in some striping down the middle of the newer leaves and faint striping on the older leaves. The typical plants are starting to show faint pink stripes as well, but the cristate forms are showing them first. dvg
  13. This is kinda cool. I had a look at this plant today and it appeared to now be two separate plants, so I took a toothpick and slid it through an opening between the two clumps and continued pushing it a little ways into the media. Then I gently pried the toothpick back towards me and voilĂ ... ...now there are two... ;) dvg
  14. Agreed! That would be amazing. A small update here. From April 1st, not much change, but the key here is that the plant has been fed some powdered blood worms. And this pic from April 8. More points showing up now on April 12 May 1 - this plant has now made three double-wide leaves and is working on the fourth one. (centre). dvg
  15. Thanks for the comments. :) You have a good eye there Co-79. There is some chunky perlite in there as well. This plant has responded well to a recent feeding, by putting out substanial growth over the past twelve days. dvg