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Thread: Cultivating Mexican Pinguicula

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    Of the two I have this is the only ping I can get a decent pic of at the moment:

    Pinguicula moranaensis x ehlersiae


    Lighting: under 4 x 40 watt 6500K 4ft tubes
    current temps: about 22-28*C days and 12-18*C nights (it's gaining more color as the temps/light hours drop)
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    Under artificial lighting (and feeding) I've been getting this:










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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew View Post
    i thought mex pings dont do well under lights mine r near a sunny window
    most of mine are under lights.....havent had any issues in several years of growing them this way....i see far more pink in certain ones under lights versus in a window.....the ones that i grew outside in full sun all summer stayed bright green and when i moved them in under ights for the winter some turned pink...
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    Because of the ultraviolet output of fluorescent lamps (see Joseph's mention about painting plastic trays to make them last longer) many Carnivorous Plants will color better than under sunlight at sea level. Many of the Mexican Pinguicula are found way above sea level and are probably adapted to higher levels of ultraviolet light to begin with.

    Fluorescent lighting and Ultraviolet
    Spectral Power Distributions of SYLVANIA Fluorescent Lamps (see page 23)
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    OFF TOPIC (sorta): The ultraviolet light put out by fluorescent lamps is enough to color up our plants but isn't enough for lizards to convert calcium? Or are the $30 UV twisty CF bulbs I buy for my lizard just a total marketing scam or do they actually put out a "different kind" of UV than say the reef keepers compact fluorescent tubes?

    If Mexipings grow at higher elevations, perhaps the reason people don't/can't grow them in terrariums is because it's normally too hot and stagnant for them in a fish tank? Just a wild guess...

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    The reptile UV lamps give off more of the UVB medium waves - essential for vitamin D production. And probably a bit of marketing hype.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfn View Post
    I found a Pinguicula 'Pirouette' online for a very good price. Can someone please give me the basics of it? When I should I order it? When does it come out of succulent stage?
    Ok, I have this plant. When should I let it go into it's succulent stage? Or does it go into a succulent stage at all (I know one of it's parents, P. agnata, does not turn into a succulent and is carnivorous year round).
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    i doubt its the UV off the lamps turning them pink.....if my summer sun dont turn them pink as im a couple thousand feet in in the air and my summer days are longer than Mexicos summer days its likely some other factor....
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