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Thread: What would cause a P. caerulea to suddenly decline and die?

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    What would cause a P. caerulea to suddenly decline and die?

    I've had one for more than a year, mostly as a window sill / open tray plant. But for this winter, I put it, along with a P. planifolia, P. primuliflora, and a whole mess of tropical sundews and bladderworts in a plastic storage container, open tray, room temp, under a 30W fluorescent light, for ~15 hours a day. While most of my sundews think it's June and are in various stages of flowering, this particular plant, under the same conditions, up and died. Any theories why?

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    aren't those species notorious for easily rotting?

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    Er, whoops, I sorta didn't read all of Jim's post...

    P. caerulea is known to live several years.

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    Pinguicula caerulea. Well, that one can die, apparently, if you eat at the wrong seafood restaurant.

    Seriously, I've always had unexpected success and/or trouble with the Pinguicula of the S.E. USA.

    I do grow a few plants of most species in this group, but I really appreciate the Mexican Pinguicula species, for the most part, they are much less temperamental or arbitrary.
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    Wow! I'm sorry.

    They actually seem to be the easiest plants that I have.....besides D. filiformis.

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    Farmer Dave, you should have an edge on some of us, since you are inside the natural range of these species.
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    I agree that the Mexican butterworts much easier than SE ones, and really easier than all CP's. But does anybody have a theory as to why this particular species, which was housed with P. planifolia and P. primuliflora, in different pots, but the same plastic storage container - up and died?

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    Out of all my pings, P. caerulea is the ONLY one dying on me. So, I called it many names, degraded its parentage, called it weak and useless, and wanted another one as soon as possible. Still no bites. All other pings are in the bog garden. The P. caerulea was in a pot in a tray. Guess it wasn't happy there.
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