Fernando Rivadavia Posted November 4, 2006 Report Share Posted November 4, 2006 Hello to all, During my recent travels in Mexico I realized that even in the wet season most Pinguicula species grow surprisingly dry (See my postcards 15-20 at: http://www.pinguicula.org/pages/pages_prin...%20field%20trip ). This led me to think that Mexican Pinguicula would be the perfect low-maintenance plants for cultivation – especially for someone like me who spends more time on the road traveling for work than at home. So after many years of mostly studying CPs in the wild but not cultivating any (or having just the occasional odd specimens at home), I am seriously considering putting together a Mexican Pinguicula wall, similar to Juerg Steiger's famous setup. For those of you who don't know it, check out: http://www.pinguicula.org/pages/culture/JSteiger.htm This is his simplified scheme: Does anyone else have this sort of setup? If water is dripping from the top, would the top racks be much wetter than the bottom levels? I wonder if this would allow me to grow wetter-loving species like P.moranensis near the top and drier species like P.agnata (or maybe even the likes of P.lignicola) near the bottom? Or maybe even experiment with species, placing them at different heights on the panel until I find which humidity level they like. And what would be the best options for watering from the top? Just poke regular holes through a pipe filled with water? Or maybe having several IV drips, which would allow me to regulate the flow of water. Any other ideas? I’m also considering a water-from-the-bottom system, placing the Pinguicula panel sitting in a long tray with water. This would mean that the wetter-loving species would be near the bottom and drier ones near the top. The only problem is: what sort of absorbing material could I use on the panels in order to absorb water from the tray and how far would it travel up? And what about soil? What are currently the most commonly used soils for Pinguicula? Is it still perlite/vermiculite? Thanks to all, Fernando Rivadavia 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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