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Pingularium Darlingtonium

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Hi,

I grow maily nepenthes, but the nicest composition I have is this one below.

Over 3 years ago I had found a very nice tank and I bought it. I decided to put there some Pinguiculas and Darligtonia.

I hadn't had any experience how to deal with with such stuff, so the first result was rather poor. Darlingotnia had to be surprised to be placed on drifting island (I tried to set up a small waterfall in closed circuit for Darlintonia roots to be always in streaming water):

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After another 2 months it looks significantly better but still not good enough:

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Finally, after 1 year, plants settled in, food was coming (P. 'Tina' eventually reached 30 cm):

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even darlingtonia was happy:

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PD in full bloom (september 2011) (Darlingtonia - mother plant was to big and was moved to be together with sarracenias outside):

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Although plants growed well in this tank I didn't like a few things:

- all the accessories were visible (container wtih water, tubes, pc fan) with no idea how to nicely hide them,

- the base was made from PUR foam and coated by varnish and it started to bleak and break down,

- the tank was in bright, cool basement with nice conditions - higher humidity and temperatures 5-10 C in winter and 10-20 C in summer. Unfortunately, I usually don't spent time in my basement so I didn't look at it very often.

Finally, I found a free weekend and changed the inside of this tank. Plants waiting for a old-new home:

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How it looks last weekend, just after being set up (lastly I splitted up some P. 'Tina's to make an impression they overgrow rocks even more):

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The concept is the same - place mainly for Mexican Pinguiculas, with waterfall, but most of the plants is in separate containers/pots in order to be easier to remove them in case of any catastrophy - like flooded tank.

There is no base, only LECA on the bottom with some lava rock and sandstone. Apart from pings, you can find there Darlingtonias, D. scorpioides (grow very well in this tank for whole last year), I added also some of my D. adelae, D. schizandra and D. prolifera. The soil for mexican pings consists of: perlite, vermiculite, coarse sand, Seramis and diatomite. Every drosera specie has its own soil, different from pings.

Tank at the base: 100 x 50 x 50 (narrowed to 35 at the top) cm

Lightning: 2 x T8 25W

Tank is now placed in the living room, in bright place on south side.

Temperatures this week was 18-20 at night and 22-24 a day.

All inhabitants:

Darlingtonia californica

Drosera adelae

Drosera prolifera

Drosera schizandra

Drosera scorpioides

Pinguicula 'Aphrodite' (agnata x moctezumae)

Pinguicula 'Tina' (agnata x zecheri)

Pinguicula 'Sethos' (ehlersiae x moranensis)

Pinguicula agnata

Pinguicula agnata x jaumavensis

Pinguicula debbertiana

Pinguicula emarginata

Pinguicula esseriana

Pinguicula gigantea

Pinguicula laueana

Pinguicula gypsiola x moctezumae

Pinguicula gigantea x moctezumae

Pinguicula gracilis x moctezumae

Pinguicula 'Florian' (debbertiana x esseriana)

Pinguicula spec. 'El Mirador'

Pinguicula moctezumae

Pinguicula spec. Kohres x gypsiola.

Hope you like it.

You can find more photos here:

http://www.rosliny-owadozerne.pl/Pingularium-Darlingtonium-t7953.html

Cheers,

Radek

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Very beautiful and aesthetically done!

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Intriguing set-up, those P. 'Tina' are huge!

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My Tina doesn't seem to want to flower this year. Any tips? It's in full sun along with a young Wesser.

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I guess it's seasons change what make them flower. At my place, they usually start at may-june.

I never let my pings to bath in full sun, it's always filtered sun to semi-shade conditions. In full sun, the humidity is probably to low for pings, but I have never grown mine in other place than the tank above, so I cannot be 100% sure.

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