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    It's growing fast, but mutated. Could it be like.. a UV OD or something? My lights say to use a glass sheild but I dont. All the other plants look fantastic and everything is growing great but this pooper is growing all weird. I looked, but can find no pests.


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    Is that Pinguicula 'Titan'?
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    It sure is.

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    Do you have any calcium bearing ingredients in the media? If not, you might try sprinkling a very small amount of gypsum, coral sand (aragonite), or dolomitic limestone around the base of the plant, that may help. I have found that my Pinguicula 'Titan' respond well to the use of a small amount of calcium bearing mineral placed near their roots. I have had some of my Pinguicula 'Titan' grow just like yours, but it has been a few years now since that happened and I cannot remember precisely how I got them out of it. Though I believe it was most likely the same thing I do now whenever a plant does something similar. I gently remove it from its pot, knock any loose media from its roots, pull off almost all its leaves to propagate with, then repot the original plant with one or two small leaves into a pot with new media. Works every time, and then, later, I have a dozen or so new plants to trade with.
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    It could be forming its winter leaves. For me, Titan usually forms a deep centered growth point, almost like a hibernacula.
    Wondering if you can see in the center?
    If so, the summer leaves will soon die away.
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    Nope, I can't see the center.

    winter leaves? it stays wet and warm. why winter leaves? and why aren't the babies making them?

    As long as it's not damaged or anything i'm happy

    Joseph. I have some Calcium Chloride. could I foliar feed it that?

    I suppose I could mix it with magnesium sulfate and collect the precipitate, then i'd have calcium sulfate. That would disolve slowly over time.

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    I cannot say about calcium chloride, I've never had the experience. If you try it, let us know how it does. Yep, calcium sulfate = gypsum.

    BTW, mine form those winter leaves and compact rosettes periodically, despite growing them warm, wet, and well lit, year-round. Same as many of my other Mexican plants. Concerning winter leaf form, some seem to respond to photoperiod, some to moisture level, some to temperature, some to combinations of these factors, and some switch back and forth apparently on their own "internal clock". This one doesn't seem to care about the conditions I give it, it cycles through its winter and summer leaves, in apparent harmony with the seasons (from an "internal clock"), no matter what I provide it, or when. BTW, my Pinguicula macrophylla, said to be one of this cultivars parents, behaves in a very similar manner, going in and out of its winter leaf form, despite cultural conditions.

    You could say I'm a fanatic when it comes to propagation. I would look at this as the optimum opportunity to start more plants.



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    Okie dokey. I added 1/4 tsp of calcium chloride and magnesium sulfate into a cup of water and collected the calcium sulfate that formed. That was fun lol. I feel like a chemist lol.

    I poured half into the pot with babies and half into the pot with the mother. Hopefully it'll get better.

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