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Thread: How do you water your Mexican pings?

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    Gotta love posing a question of either or! I thought top watering rinses nutrients and that would have the effect of reducing moss.

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    I use the tray method for those in summer rossete and I top water for those in winter rossete.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimscott View Post
    Gotta love posing a question of either or! I thought top watering rinses nutrients and that would have the effect of reducing moss.
    It seems the moss is more interested in moisture than nutrients. The top surface is wet when top watered.

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    Here's a thought; instead of keeping an inch or so of water in the tray, why not just top water a little bit every day, enough to saturate the media to the surface. The water drains out and the surface dries somewhat while the lower portion of the pot remains moist.

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    The problem is once the moss starts to get established it will retain more water on the surface and you get even more moss.

    Solution? Get over this moss thing!

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    I almost always top water since tropical Pinguicula are rarely found growing in constantly waterlogged conditions in nature. They are not bog plants like Sarracenia and some Drosera. I think the fact that this type of Pinguicula can be raised with the tray method and sometimes even thrive is indicative of their good nature and ease of cultivation. I like to met mine dry out *slightly* between waterings. If the foliage is too large and completely covers the pot, making top watering awkward, then I will water from the bottom by leaving the pot sitting in water for only 30-45 minutes or so. In my experience, tap water works just as well as distilled/RO/rain water. These plants are not picky.

    I used to use the tray method exclusively but frequently lost a lot of plants due to rot, even under intense fluorescent lights. I have even started growing some of my plants in clay pots to allow them to dry quicker.

    Moss growth doesn't really bother me. If I am dealing with smaller pings and/or leaf pullings, then I will just repot to fresh media if the moss growth gets out of hand.

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    I never put more than 1/2" of water and let it dry out between waterings. In the winter I fill to 1/4" and let them dry a day or two between waterings. Never waterlogged.

    There are different methods to tray watering other than keeping constant high levels of water.

    What you do depends on the species, experience and personal preferences. I've found no difference between top watering or watering from the tray other than the amount of moss growth. My personal preference is not to have the moss.

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    i tray water and have tons of moss......if yah dont like moss use a top dressing about 1/4-1/3 of an inch deep of sand or Schultz Aquatic Plant Soil
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