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    Hurrah, under my unorthodox growing methods for this group, several species have been reluctant to bloom. I have been trying different things to see what might be the causal factor(s).

    I had been concerned that it was due to my growing conditions. It has turned out that it was due to the environment I had been providing my plants, but it has turned out to be for different reasons than I had, at first, assumed. After several years of maintaining the grow-room in a particular manner, that ensured fairly warm ambient temperatures, year-round. Near 90F (32C), with occassional spikes to 100F (38C). Late this past summer I installed an evaporative cooler in the one window servicing the grow-room. The intentions for this cooler were to lower the ambient temperatures in the grow-room, while providing an increase in humidity. This cooler would also replace the refrigerated air conditioning that was previously used throughout the house (which was drastically lowering the humidity throughout the house - including the grow-room). Since winter arrived I've been keeping the cooler pads wet and drawing air through them and through the grow-room by running small exhaust fans in windows, in other parts of the house, in rooms most distant from the grow-room. Ambient temperatures in the grow-room are now, highest - 77F (25C), and during the night in the grow-room it goes down to 55F (13C). Outside, the air temp goes down to between 30-40F (1-4.5C) most nights.

    With the only major environmental change in the grow-room being the lowering of the temperature, many Pinguicula, especially Mexican species, have shown an increased interest in blooming. Where before, the following species (which I grow in groups), would throw a flower or two from one or more plants, they are now blooming in what I would call, "waves" (where each plant in a particular group would each produce a flower or two, but before those flowers faded away, several other buds would begin to grow, to then replace those flowers as they fade). These shy bloomers, for me, have been: Pinguicula debbertiana, Pinguicula ehlersiae, Pinguicula esseriana, and Pinguicula jaumavensis. Some, few plants are still unbloomed, but only now, that being the unidentified Mexican I call (Red1) and a few clones of Pinguicula laueana.



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    I suppose it's not too surprising that they react so much to the cooler temps., 'cause isn't Mexico often rather cold in winter, especially in the mountains? The colders temps., I suppose, would help the Pings to know what season it actually is, so it's more of a 'natural' environment that you've produced with these cooler night temperatures. But it's still pretty interesting, and I suppose this could help other people who are trying to bloom plants that won't.

    Sorta off the subject, but do you have any of those unidentified Pings left that you were giving away a while ago?

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    Ben,
    You have a PM.
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    Last year, when I whined about having few Mexican butterworts flower, of the many suggestions I was given, the majority of opinions centered around providing cool and dry conditions for the winter. Now I know that some of those expressed opinions are due to parrotting the books, but since I am relatively new, I thought I'd try it. So now all of my Mexican pings are in the unheated stairway window sills. Nearly all of them have responded with the smaller, tightly packed leaves. An why the P. moranensis huautla x ehleresiae and the P. reticulata are currently sending iup scapes, I do not know. We'll see what happens in a few months!

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    keep us updated, then!
    that makes no logic

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    Once my Pinguicula reticulata reach blooming size, they generally just keep blooming, nearly continuously.

    BTW, Finch, what is, "Relpy"?
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    It's 'Reply' as far as I can tell.

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    Are you patronizing me? Its hard to tell from your reply but I cant shake the feeling you are. I donít even know what point you are attempting to get across. Alright, yes, it was not a shining example of what a reply should be, and yes, it was likely misplaced. I meant it to be a response to you and Jim both, to you, because I was hoping you might keep us updated if you were going to do any pollinating, because your experiences are fascinating and insightful , and to Jim to keep us updated when his plants flower. I donít know what you are speaking about when you say ďwhat is replyĒ If you are unhappy with something I have said, please just come out and say it and donít dance around the issue. If you have suggestions on how to not do whatever it is- go for it I am open to suggestions.

    But ok, i'll bite. The reply button is a button where you can send relevant information, as a reply from someone else in the board. Have i abused it?
    that makes no logic

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