Hi everyone. So I finally decided to order my first Ping online. I wanted something that had similar growth and care requirements as a VFT. I currently am a VFT grower, so I figured a Ping with similar requirements (one from the US and not Mexico/Central America) would be the best starter.
I did some research and figured P. primuliflora fit the requirements I wanted (plus I got a great deal from my online vendor). My two questions deal with humidity/temperature acclimation and flowering:
Will I be able to acclimate my P. primuliflora to my outside conditions? I will place its pot in a tub instead of a regular water dish to maximize humidity for the plant (I read that they require relatively high humidity to thrive). I live in a high desert area in Southern California, that experiences hot temps in the summer (it does get up to 100-105F at times) and relatively low humidity. Can P. primuliflora acclimate to these conditions for the growing season?
One other thing I did not get to read in detail about is flowering. Do flowers need to be cut off a ping in order to maximize growth rate and appearance? Will letting the ping flower weaken the plant (similar to what happens to VFT’s)?
Thanks for all your help!