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    Floating in trays of water within 2 inches of multiple cool-white fluorescent lights, year-'round. If I were to put them outside they would experience 5-7% humidity and 100F+ temperatures for the next 3-4 months. The trays of water they are floating in dry out every two days inside the house. I've tried growing some in trays of water outside in the shade, the trays dry out in about 6 hours and unacceptably the pots dry out immediately thereafter, seems to be too much for them to easily adapt to.
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    the ones i grow inside are in a tray with an inch or so of water in 4 or 5 inch tall pots a good 12 inches(based on soil level) from 4, 32 watt 4 foot T8 fluorecents and they are compact, pink and flowering. the ones in the south window are compact green and flowering and the ones outside, though its only been 3 weeks, are green with no hint of coloring up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (PinguiculaMan @ June 15 2006,9:12)]Floating in trays of water within 2 inches of multiple cool-white fluorescent lights, year-'round. If I were to put them outside they would experience 5-7% humidity and 100F+ temperatures for the next 3-4 months. The trays of water they are floating in dry out every two days inside the house. I've tried growing some in trays of water outside in the shade, the trays dry out in about 6 hours and unacceptably the pots dry out immediately thereafter, seems to be too much for them to easily adapt to.
    No substrate? Just water? A few of mine rotted from being in the water, along with a bazillion leaves that got scattered. What is different (most significant to success) about what you do and what I experienced?

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    the most significant differance is he is in AZ and your in NY

    remember Jim not everything works for everyone. one of my healthiest Pings has almost no roots but is happily growing and flowering while "floating" on damp peat just keep trying different things
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (jimscott @ June 16 2006,11:14)]
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    Quote[/b] (PinguiculaMan @ June 15 2006,9:12)]Floating in trays of water within 2 inches of multiple cool-white fluorescent lights, year-'round. If I were to put them outside they would experience 5-7% humidity and 100F+ temperatures for the next 3-4 months. The trays of water they are floating in dry out every two days inside the house. I've tried growing some in trays of water outside in the shade, the trays dry out in about 6 hours and unacceptably the pots dry out immediately thereafter, seems to be too much for them to easily adapt to.
    No substrate? Just water? A few of mine rotted from being in the water, along with a bazillion leaves that got scattered. What is different (most significant to success) about what you do and what I experienced?
    Not literally floating in water. Most are in pots of media, and the pots are floating, but some are simply floating on the water (without any media but water and sometimes air), and they are Mexican Pinguicula.

    Water is not what rots our precious Pinguicula, pathogenic organisms introduced by nematodes is what does that. My hypothesis is that I manage to inhibit nematodes by using high light levels on an extended photoperiod, and especially a light source that is high in UV frequencies, while being low in incidental heat (aka Cool-White fluorescent lamps). Nematodes don't like light, especially UV light, and UV light is also used as a sterilizing agent for microorganisms -- go figure.

    See: Pinguicula Diseases
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    See.. I knew there was a secret to the success! I wish I had the capital to invest in the lighting and racking. Do you think that Mexican pings would do well enough at a window sill (southern exposure), in vessels of LFS? What would be best for P. planifolia and grandifolia? Those are new plants in my collection.

    BCK: The pings I got from you 2 years ago did that melting thing when I put them outside. I know what you mean.

    Joseph: Aren't most of your plants inside, under lights? Also, as a sidenote, I noticed that we have a new forum registrant, calling himself 'pingman'. Hmmmmm.....

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    I've seen that some are able to grow Mexican Pinguicula in LFS, but that media has not worked well for me. Yes, all are indoors under lights and actual A/C not evaporative cooling, though I hope to change that soon and install an evaporative cooler to augment the A/C.

    Presently I have not had good success with Pinguicula planifolia. I would check with someone else who does well with that species. Do you mean Pinguicula grandiflora? If so, that species does well, for me, under lights with its pots floating in the trays of water. Taking extra care not to ever let its pot dry out and to put them in ziploc bags in the fridge when they are hybernacula.



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    I think Jim would have a better chance of letting the P. grandiflora stay outside year round. Also, where the heck did you find a P. planifolia Joseph? I've been searching everywhere for one

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