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    Interesting...that is actually the one variable I never thought of experimenting with. I always grew them in many combinations of inorganic media and they either 1) did nothing or 2) faded away and died.

    Now I am inspired to try this species again!

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    I still have two plants and am getting another one this week, so i am going to experiment with them on different medias and see what happens.
    Pyro, your comment about emarginata was of help too, my emarginata is not looking good either. I will try repotting it too. Some day i will be an expert grower....

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    S,

    I am no expert I just have a little more experience with these guys than you and I draw off that. There are plenty of others who are more experienced than me (Phil for example) and I have learned and am still learning from them. Perpetual cycle, no matter how much you learn about CPs there is always something you can learn from someone else. That is why it is fun.
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    My P. moctezumae did the same leaf tip and flower rot thing. Eventually the plant died. This leaf tip/flower rot seems to be a problem fairly common in P. moctezumae, a plant which is otherwise a very easy, fast grower. It can spread to other pings in the same water tray or planter, so you should probably quarantine your plant before some of your other plants get "moctezumae's revenge".
    Last edited by Joseph Clemens; 04-12-2008 at 09:01 PM. Reason: There is no "n" in this plant's name.

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    Below is a photo of one of my trays of this species: I find that perlite dusted with iron oxide, topped with APS (Aquatic Plant Soil from Schultz), and generously dusted with dried, ground, insect powder seems to be a satisfactory substrate. I still maintain that the most important factor is light, strong fluorescent lighting of 11 or more hours per day duration. It is curious, there are several seed pods forming on these plants, this is the first time I've ever seen spontaneous seed formation on any of my Pinguicula plants other than P. lusitanica and P. pumila. I can only guess that small moths that often infiltrate my growing room have been busy. I will need to save some seed and grow them out to determine if they are hybrid or not.

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    WOW those are the best looking moctezumae i have seen. Your soil mix sounds good except for the dried bugs, doesnt that cause alot of mold?? What lights do you use, i use T5s with full spectrum tubes. Unfortunately i killed my moctezumae when i tried transplanting them, i will have to try again some day.

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    Thank you. I enjoy them very much. With the insect powder as I grind it, I sprinkle in a little Trichoderma harzianum innoculum (RootShield brand). A fungus with a purpose. So, yes, it does inspire mold, and I want it to. I use the cheapest cool white fluorescent lights I can find. I am sorry to hear of your loss, they are a very attractive species.
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    How much iron oxide does one apply and do you apply it as a powder or in solution?

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