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    Dry or Wet? I prefer wet.

    Here is a recent pic of a few of my Pinguicula gypsicola. This is after they have been kept dry since late Summer of 2007. They are still dry - though I plan to start watering them soon. Overall about 15% were lost, so far, this is a combination of the survivors from two adjacent trays. This species was not the only one in the trays represented here, and there are other Pinguicula gypsicola in other trays.


    and as you can see in the three close-up pics that follow, weeds die, moss dies, media can shrink up, spiders can web everything together, and though they continue to grow, they don't expand into Summer leaf form and they don't bloom. I like them wet, they look so much nicer when they expand into Summer leaf form and produce pretty little flowers (see bottom three photos).







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    wow....look pretty darn good for being dry that long.........
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    I prefer wet as well! Although I must say, those look similar to mine right now that are wet LOL
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    Great plants! After seeing your plants, I'll definitely have to get p. gypsicola in the next couple of months!

    I might be missing something here, but why did you let them go dry for so long?

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    Quote Originally Posted by trek623 View Post
    Great plants! After seeing your plants, I'll definitely have to get P. gypsicola in the next couple of months!

    I might be missing something here, but why did you let them go dry for so long?

    I'm caregiver to my wife who is paraplegic due to MS. She had a few medical/health complications that I was preoccupied in helping her deal with and recover from. Add that to the great many excellent growers of this group of plants who practice giving them a period of dryness and advocate the same. I decided that since I was facing a period of time where I wouldn't be able to give my plants the attention they needed, that I would give my entire collection of Pinguicula an extended period of dryness (intentional neglect) and see how they would handle it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph Clemens View Post
    I'm caregiver to my wife who is paraplegic due to MS. She had a few medical/health complications that I was preoccupied in helping her deal with and recover from. Add that to the great many excellent growers of this group of plants who practice giving them a period of dryness and advocate the same. I decided that since I was facing a period of time where I wouldn't be able to give my plants the attention they needed, that I would give my entire collection of Pinguicula an extended period of dryness (intentional neglect) and see how they would handle it.
    You have your priorities straight!, this is good, although I am sorry to hear about your wife.
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    Thanks "D_muscipula", thankfully she is doing much better now.
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    Hi Joseph - it's good to see you back in "the fold." These posts are really fascinating. When you say "dry" you literally mean no water added for 16 months? That is amazing. Is there elevated humidity where you grow your Pinguicula?

    I'm glad your wife is doing better.

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