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    OK my 'titan' still isn't doing anything. Is this a dormant plant?

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    Mexican Pinguicula and their hybrids, contrary to popular opinion, do not have a "dormancy", neither do they have a "resting" phase. Some of them do have two leaf forms, called heterophyllous (literal translation: different leaves), these are generally referred to as "summer" and "winter" leaves, where the summer leaves are larger than the usually smaller winter leaves. Often you will hear that the summer leaves are carnivorous and that the winter ones are not. I have found that this is not at all accurate, and though the larger summer leaves are often better equipped for carnivory, and much more efficient, the winter leaves are not usually entirely unable to capture and utilize insect prey. The exception being, those few species that form their winter leaves as a tight bulb-like bud, beneath the soil surface. These are non-carnivorous, but they are still not "dormant", as they continue to grow new leaves, adding them to the center of the rosette, and many also sent out flower-stalks and bloom when in this growth phase.

    Though it is difficult to see clearly, it appears that the crown of your plant may be buried too deeply in the media, it may even have had the crown rot out, but that is difficult to see without additional photographs, from other angles, and possibly unburying the crown of the plant from the media. Since a few leaves appear intact, they may yet be capable of sprouting and regenerating into replacements for the original plant.

    However, if the plant is simply forming its winter rosette, which is what I suspect. The crown, possibly visible underneath the central leaf, will appear as a tight cluster of small scale-like leaves.



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    Thanks for the input. I went back out and dug it up to check on it. The root structure is very, very short, but I didn't see any indication of rot. I replanted it much higher than before, and added a couple half handfulls of perlite for a touch more drainage. The picture is a bit washed out, but is this better:

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    The Ping. 'Titan's i have form a deeply set crown of winter leaves. Sometimes it is so deep it is almost buried! What does the very center of your plant look like? are there tiny leaves forming a crown?
    If so your plant is going into the winter leaf stage.
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    From the appearance of the plant in your new photo, it can, perhaps, need more light than it is getting. In very strong fluorescent lighting mine look like, this:



    And below in a media not containing calcium:



    And another one, very much in winter leaf form:





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    Thanks for the pictures. I moved the plant to under a floro light where it has to share with the D. graminifolia. Hopefully it will improve over there. I've actually had somewhat better luck growing CPs, esp Drosera, in artificial light. At least my P. primuliflora doesn't seem to mind my windowsill as it has suddenly taken to flowering.
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    Even with the strange state of my plant, I have found a flower....

    It seems that whne the leaves develop, they don't unfurl?
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