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    First pings

    So, I am completely new to pings and recently got my fist ones in a trade. So, pings are tropical and don't go dormant right? I got Pinguicula esseniana and Pinguicula cyclosecta and they are growing again. Though they lost their original leaves so I can't tell them apart. I would love any tips.

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    Hi Ant -

    Both species you listed are classified as tropical, and more specifically, both grow in Mexico. They do not go through a dormancy, but they do change leaf types from carnivorous to succulent growth. When this happens and you see the buds tighten, cut back on water and keep slightly moist. I hear (though I have not grown this species) P. gypsicola likes it almost bone dry when going through its succulent phase.

    Hope this helps.

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    Phil gave you a good "nutshell" reply. Here's a pictoral one:










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    jimscott what is that last one? its awesome reminds me of an octopus. i grow p. moranensis, p. agnata, and my newest one is p. cyclosecta, they are another one of my fav cps to grow, although mine are still in the carinvorous stage? in my experience i always keep them in standing water, and they go dormant based on lighting and temperatures, they are right on the windowsill so they might experience a chill on really cold days, which would cause them to go dormant temps there i would say never go below 45f though.

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    Thanks, but what does the non-carnivorous leaves look like? I not sure if it is making them or not.

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    It's really difficult to say, because not all succulent leaves look the same. Take Jim's picture for example. In the first one on the far left it says P. gypsicola. Notice how compact the leaves are. Now look at the last picture. That octopus looking plant? It's the same one! That is also P. gypsicola, but in carnivorous growth.

    You'll notice a shortening of the leaves and a more compact plant. I may be able to take a picture of my P. 'Titan" when I get back. It has both carnivorous and succulent leaves.

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    do all pings go succulent? and do they come back?

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    Hi Halt -

    No, not all pings change to succulent leaves. Take P. agnata for instance. It does not change leaf types. Yes, they do return from succulent leaves in a few months.

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