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Pinguicula -The pings are pinging

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    Default Pinguicula -The pings are pinging

    Thought I’d post a threadwith a bit of info on Pinguicula for those who might be interested. (Note: The info presented is not by any means all inclusive – particularly withregard to their husbandry. As with anygenus of organisms, there is a range of cultural requirements. The information here, focuses mainly upon thecouple of types I have.)
    As mentioned in a prior post, Pinguicula are a variety ofcarnivorous (insectivorous) plant. Theirprey constitutes small weak arthropods like fungus gnats, thrips, and so forth. They are found in both temperate and tropicalregions – primarily in the Americas and Europe.
    Many pings do undergo a dormancy period. During that stage, theyproduce a very different sort of leaf ... one that is smaller and moresucculent in nature and lacks the mucilage for trapping prey. How much smallerthose leaves are depends greatly upon the type of ping involved. In somespecies and hybrids, it is very drastic with the entire plant reducing itselfto half the size or less than when in carnivorous mode. In some pings, dormancyis triggered by cooler temps and shortened daylength. In others it is triggeredby drier conditions. It all depends upon where they are from. Some are veryhardline about the dormancy conditions. Some really don't require anythingspecial during dormancy. And, of course, there are those species which don'thave a dormancy stage at all.

    Both types I have do undergo a winter dormancy (though I have known folks whosay theirs have never gone into dormancy). Leading up to that stage, leaves are producedwhich are thicker, a bit smaller, and not the least bit sticky. The oldercarnivorous leaves wither away. Dormancy conditions for me are a breeze -- Ijust put them on a windowsill in my bedroom between the window and the curtain(its cooler there). Water is greatly reduced. Now I do know of folks who, withthe same pings I have, don't bother reducing the water and just keep them atroom temp and the plants survive their dormancy just fine. So as with so manytimes one receives advice ... your mileage may vary. In the spring, the pingsproduce larger, sticky leaves. I up the water at this point.

    One of the nice things with Pings, IMO, is the flowers. While there isn't alarge color palette to choose from (white through pink/purple is about it), theflowers are quite long lasting. P.Aphrodite will bloom off and on pretty much year round. P. moranensis appears to be a distinct latesummer/early fall bloomer for me.

    As with some orchids – like those of the pleurothallid alliance –pings and other cps (carnivorous plants) are very sensitive to waterquality. Tap water should NOT be used towater them. Instead, RO or rain water isbest. While in “carnivore” mode, mediashould stay moist.
    Pings tend to be very shallow rooted plants with a very meager rootsystem. (So a shallow pot/dish, evenlike those used for bonsai, is fine.) Somecan be grown on rock provided there is a sufficient amount of moisturepresent. (Some folks I have talked towho have done so with the ping varieties they have, have said that they smearthe rocks with a layer of mud when getting the pings started. Never tried it with the types I have.)
    Many pings (including mine) can take full sun, provided sufficientmoisture is present) though bright indirect light will work as well.
    Typical summer temps have been fine for my P. moranensis and P. Aphrodite(90F+ by day and nights in the 70s or even 80s).
    Most pings aren’t too picky about media. A mix of peat or coir and perlite or largegrade sand/small gravel typically works well. The only huge no-no is NO mixescontaining FERTILIZER.

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    Very intriguing, Pavel! Never heard of Pings before, but from your post I'm already beginning to like them - anything that eats thrips is a friend of mine and they have such pretty flowers too. Thanks for posting. 'A pinging we will go, a pinging we will go; Heigh ho a ................;\'

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    Very cool, Paul.


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    The flower remind me African violets well so beautiful l wish it can catch most of the unwanted bugs.

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