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    jimscott, your ping farm looks friggin amazing! dunno if i want an extensive ping collection, but you're tempting me!

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    Hi Amphirion

    All good advice, the leaves can most certainly be used for propagation. Lots of good resources on the forum about taken leaf pullings.

    here's what i've been doing:
    photoperiod: 12 hrs
    lighting: 65 W CF 10,000/6700K (dunno what the lumens are)
    humidity: very high...plant is placed in an aquarium with water (but the pot is elevated so it is not waterlogged)
    watering: top water, but not on plant
    That photoperiod seems rather low to me (even for winter). Mexican Pinguicula are relatively low light tolerant compared to some other CP's, but the more light you give them, the healthier and more robust the plants will be. The formation and growth of plantlets will occur much quicker with a longer photoperiod also. Have a read on the forum and see what other growers use, but I consider 12 hrs on the low side. As a guide, I used 15 hrs this winter for my grow shelves with Mex Ping's.

    I would also advise caution with your watering regime. Mexican Pinguicula can obtain quite a lot of moisture from the air and it sounds like it is very, very humid. Very humid air, top watering and low light levels may lead to rot. I am not saying it is not possible, but you just need to water attentively. Mex Pinguicula are tough plants, but overwatering is the main cause of death.

    some of the leaves are beginning to melt. i'll see if i can save any.
    Not sure what you mean by this. If the air and the media is too humid, the leaves rot before they produce plantlets. If the air and the media is too dry, they shrivel before they can produce plantlets. From your setup, I would say they may be rotting.

    I hope you have some success and generate some plantlets. It is always a bummer when plants get knocked around in the post. But, Mexican Pings are very tough, grow new roots very quickly and can easily be propagated to form new plants. They are some of the reasons why they are the best genus of CP to grow!

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    You can literally toss them up in the air and have them land on the floor and plant them. In contrast, you bump a pigmy sundew and it could be toast!

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    hahaha. lolz on the tossed ping salad.
    @ mattshore, thanks for your advice. 'melting' i guess a term i borrow from planted fish tanks where the plant looses structural integrity and disintegrates. i will lower the humidity and up the lighting and see if anything happens. thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amphirion View Post
    hahaha. lolz on the tossed ping salad.
    @ mattshore, thanks for your advice. 'melting' i guess a term i borrow from planted fish tanks where the plant looses structural integrity and disintegrates.
    I've always called it "liquefying". I've done it to cacti and orchids.
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