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Thread: My Pinguicula moctezumae is confused...

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    Aloha Joseph,

    not too sure. I have kept P. medusina in the same location and it has done well for the past 3 years. might be more tolerant or might be able to survive getting sunburn, leaf loss and recovery the following year from dormancy. Still needs plenty testing on my side to be sure....

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    Aloha kulamauiman,

    Your tip about growing Pinguicula medusina in direct sun, may be just what I need to do to increase my success with that species.
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    just it inst in the full sun all the time. more a morning sun , shade at noon, then ambient indirect lighting after noons.....

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    Interesting - there seem to be so many different ways people have tried to grow Mexican Pinguicula! Might success rates depend on how the plant is raised, as kulamauiman says?

    Joseph - my sister lives out in Tucson, my parents have a place in the Catalina foothills that they plan to retire to, and I visit a few times every year. I absolutely LOVE the desert. I can't say enough great things about the culture and the landscape out in Tucson. Great to hear that there's (apparently) such a vibrant CP community out there too.
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    I think P. medusina is just one of those species that I need to "cut my losses". Here in WNY, I could only keep in direct sun for a few months of the year. They'd freeze to death, otherwise.

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    Aw geez, now what?? I've fed my P. moctezumae twice now in the past three weeks, the last time being yesterday. This morning, the leaves on my plant have gone floppy and are either curled forward or laying on the media! What could be causing this?

    Now I'M the one who's confused!

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    Many possibilities come to mind: 1) imbalance - fertilizer combined with too little light and/or not enough water/humidity; 2) nematodes attacking the root system, intentionally infecting the plant with bacterial/fungal rot disease to provide optimal environment to nurture their young; 3) imbalance - too much water combined with not enough light; 4) temperatures too high.

    Possible remedies: 1) if light too low - increase light; 2) if moisture too high - reduce moisture; 3) if not enough light/water to balance fertilizer - increase water to flush excess fertilizer; 4) if crown rotting - try to save leaves by cutting.

    Usually, if it gets this far it's possibly too late to save the plant, though sometimes leaf cuttings can be taken and propagules produced.
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    Oh no!

    Since I've got my plants on such a short photoperiod right now (9 hours... trying to get my pygmies to produce gemmae) it's probably the combination of too little light and too much water as you mentioned. It's standing in water now because originally thought it was too dry!!

    I suppose I'll let the plant dry out some and keep my fingers crossed!

    Here's what the plant looks like at this point.


    EDIT: Joseph, I just took two leaf pullings from the plant. I put them on some pure vermiculite as recommended in The Savage Garden. Hopefully if this one dies, I'll have some babies!
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