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    P. cyclosecta a lost cause?

    i managed to procure for myself a P. cyclosecta. unfortunately, from shipping, the plant is in rather VERY shoddy shape. many of the leaves have been torn off and i can't even make out what's left of the main plant--cant find the growing point, and no roots. i planted what i thought was the plant, but being realistic, i don't see this plant surviving this ordeal. is there anything that i can do to help increase my chances of saving this plant? asexual propagation doesn't look possible since the leaves are in their carnivorous stage.

    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


    when should i just call it quits? are pings as resilient as Drosera?

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    You can most definitely use the leaves as cuttings. It doesn't matter if the leaves are carnivorous or not.

    Earlier this year, I ordered a Mexican butterwort bare-root. When it arrived, many leaves were falling off. I took those leaves and laid them on soil and covered it with a humidity dome. All of those leaves produced baby plants, sometimes several on a leaf.

    So yes, use those leaves as cuttings.
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    Did not know that. All the sources that I've looked at said that only winter leaves could be used. I forgot to mention i am using a humidity dome, not that it seems to make a difference since i fail to see any condensation forming inside the cup.

    some of the leaves are beginning to melt. i'll see if i can save any.

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    The winter leaves are less likely to dry out before plantlets will grow. You can propagate with either form of leaf.

    You are not likely to see condensation unless there is a temperature difference between the inside and outside of your container.
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    For the leaves, I had great luck with long fiber Sphagnum.
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    I'm not doing anything sophisticated at all:


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    Looks like your Ping farm is doing well, Jim.

    Pings are very resilient... unless they're in my hands. I've killed every MexiPing I've ever owned.
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    That's even less sophisticated than my way. I didn't know that was possible!

    I just grab a leaf with tongs (I HATE slime!), gently yank it off the plant, and in the same motion, shove it into some Sphag.
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