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    I again offer the idea that Mexican Pinguicula do NOT need to be dried off. In the 10-12 years that I have been growing a widely varied and fairly sizeable group of them, more whenever I can get them, or create them -- I have nearly always kept them in trays of water. I have played with the concept of letting them go dry, but not absolutely dry. Whenever I've done this, I often lose some of those treated this way to rot and death. Needless to say, I avoid letting any go dry for long.

    Here is a photo of some of my WET, Mexican Pinguicula. BTW, when you see any of my photographs of these plants, you can assume they are sitting in trays of water, they are.







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    That's pretty cool, your plants are flowering too. Do they still go into their winter rosettes easily? Or do you need to dry them a bit and then add more water?

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    I sometimes change the photoperiod, but some clones (most of my different species still represent only single clones) shift in and out of their different leaf forms indiscriminate of season, others rarely produce summer leaves, others rarely produce winter leaves. Most continue to grow and bloom no matter what. I keep trying different treatments, light, media, supplements, etc. Some treatments have rapid and profound effects, some nothing at all.
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    I too grow my pings in constant wet conditions... Always have. I would assume mostly because of the advice given to me by Joseph... Here are some current (last month) examples: (Notice the top tray is the same as my Utrics )






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    Hey Folks,

    The ICPS was so dubious of Mr. Clemens' claims of growing Mexican Pings year-round wet, that I was sent to the Clemens household late one evening to do an on-site inspection.

    I recall pounding on the door with my thick-gloved hand. Mr. Clemens came to the door, alarmed and groggy-eyed. Over his protests, I pushed past him, and made my way unerringly towards the humid back room where I knew his plants must lurk.

    Indeed, I must report with all due surprise that Mr. Clemens is indeed growing Mexican Pings very wet, much wetter than I'd recommend, and apparently without a dormancy period.

    darn, my book is already wrong.

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    im trying to grow mine constantly wet on a windowsil...so far they arent looking so hot
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    Light, one of the most important ingredients. Don't forget to give them lots of this ingredient, even just short of possibly damaging them. If you can't give them intense light (but not too intense), compensate by giving them a longer exposure to light.
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    well they are on a windowsill that gets "chopped" sun from the blinds. and they get like an hour or two of this chopped sun and then indirect light for the rest of the day.
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