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  2. Hi, I just print a cut-size version of the pot for only one plant species for testing the equipment. Else, instead of my mixed mineral compost, I go to use a special fine quartz. It has a very capillarity action on water, so all the compost will be uniformly watering. I have also not covered the empty space with perlite, but let only water being in.
  3. It could be convenient if the plastic come from a press stamp. With 3D printing a pod with big dimension (like 270 x 310 x 80 mm) uses aroud 7€ of plastic filament (this is an extimated by the program) and arount 15 to 20h to finish. The photos were taken just when I insert them into the pod, maybe I can make new photo tomorrow after around 8 months of usage. I never used fertilization in Pinguicula, they just catch all insects.
  4. hi, no actually the species that remain are around 40/45 in very few pods. But as the experiments is going very good, I planned to port all to this system, so I can grow them with just give attention to them 1 day a week in Summer and 1 day a month in Winter. I will have a 3D printer with a larger X/Y plane so I can create the custom pod with good space even for bigger pinguicula and maybe create pod more little for little pinguicula specie. At thi point I can put the pods into a bookcase with shelves and utilize space in height, so I can still go to cultivate 100 species in the sa
  5. The experiment goes very well. In winter no problem (essentially very few water every month). Now, water every week (a glass of water). Actually I uses 6 box (6*4=24 species) and other 2 box is in the making. However I go ahed and for reduce the manual time of building them, I will go to use 3D plastic printing. I think they will be ready for September.
  6. Here the first box that is ready. It contains plants and minerals: Pinguicule esseriana / Quarzo Morione (Arkansas, USA) Pinguicula spec. Tonala / Cobaltocalcite rosa (Zaire) Pinguicula colimensis x gigantea White Flower / Piromorfite (Hunan, Cina) Pingucula x Weser / Vanadinite rossa (Mibladen, Marocco)
  7. hi all, after growing about 100 different species of Mexical Pinguicula in last 4 years in more that 200 pots, I had comes to the problems of water killing most of them during the last two years (one year was with rain from May to July with low temperature, while the other was without a single rain from May to July with big temperatures). The plants were cultivated in standard mineral mix with a flowerpot saucer with little water putted every day in it. The problem is that with irregular flowerpot saucer surface, some pots get more water then others and else when I'm on holiday I can't know
  8. Lapillo (maybe lapilli in english translating word) is a vulcanic material similar to pomice. I use the initial mineral mix (the marked as old), but during the last summer I see that it becomes too compacted. So I switch to have: pomice in the bottom of pot (with big particle size) and then lapillo in upper of pot (with little particle size). Vermiculite and perlite is just less of 5%. But actually I switch again to have only lapillo (big particle size in bottom of pot, normal particle size in middle and little particle size in upper part) as lapillo was more easy to buy in big quantity. V
  9. This is the actual Pinguicula plants (just make photos with the flash):
  10. Thanks for the mistakes found, I will fix them as soon as possible. All plants are coltivated in those three mix: old mix: river sand, vermiculite, perlite, quartz gravel, bark middle mix: pomice, perlite, vermiculite, lapillo new mix: lapillo, vermiculite, perlite In winter plants will receive light from a sud windows, but they have good winter light only from 8:00 to 13:00. From 14:00 to 24:00 they receive a soffuse light that comes from 100W Nepenthes terrarium that are at about 1m in distance. Unfortunately this winter in Italy was very strange (there are people that lost many Sarrac