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    I have a number of seedlings of P. lusitanica that have sprouted, and they are begininng to crowd each other in the pot. The largest are about 1/2" across, smaller ones about 1/4". Are they big enough to separate out into individual pots, or should I bother? Will the crowding be harmful? I'm not sure how tolerant this species is to handling, especially when small. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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    I have p. lusitanica all over the place. Near as I can tell, they are the d. capensis of pinguicula. I have 'em growing in drosera pots, in utric pots, even in nep pots. Everything on the shelf below the p. lusitanica and everything near to it on it's shelf. I don't think one has ever died.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Capslock @ Sep. 19 2005,10:58)]I have p. lusitanica all over the place. Near as I can tell, they are the d. capensis of pinguicula.
    I can attest to that.. after he had enough of them he spread them to me and its never stopped flowering/seeding since. I wouldnt worry about a few losses with this one.. you are sure to have plenty of replacements soon enough.

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    As a general rule of thumb, when I move a plant, I first prepare the new pot and create a depression in it to place the plant. I use a plastic spoon and try to move the plant and media, such that roots won't be disturbed. In other words, I try to move a plant without it being aware it has been moved. After placing it in the depression, I try to delicately move more media to provide contact. I then water it ro help with contact.

    As Max and Steve have indicated, this species is very prolific and a few losses, as they can become a thick aggregation, isn't significant. On the other hand, moving a P. primuliflora isn't quite as easy as a transition, because of their root devlopment. Mexican pings don't have nearly as much root development and are very easy to transfer.

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    Thanks all. I'll prepare a few pots and move some of them and see. Wasn't aware of how apparently hardy these little guys can be. Honestly I probably coddle all my plants too much (when I'm home).

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