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    Pinguicula gypsicola - amazing plants

    One of my very favorite Mexican Pinguicula species --> Pinguicula gypsicola.



    I began growing this species when I received a small portion that had been grown in tissue culture. At first I attempted to grow them in 100% granular peat moss, and though they survived, they certainly were not vigorous or healthy. I also managed to propagate some with leaf-pullings, though when I first began growing them, all my plants had leaves that were so pale as to be almost white (including the propagules), and they never bloomed.

    After trying several media variations and other horticulture tricks (theory of limiting factors), I finally succeeded in growing larger, healthier looking plants, and getting one to bloom, in fact the one in the photo above was the first one I induced into bloom.

    Here is a link showing what my plants looked like when I first started growing them. Here is a page showing what some looked like in some later experiments. Another nice specimen is here.

    They can look real good when they bloom, too -->

    Despite my neglect due to health issues these past four years, several of them have survived and are quickly recovering. I anxiously await their achieving full health and for them to begin blooming, again and for me to begin propagating them again.
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    How large of a pot was/is that plant in?!
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    Mine is dormant right now.. can't wait for it to wake up in the spring.


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    massmorels,

    Nice plant, good job.

    If you watch real close, you'll see that your plant is continuing to grow new leaves. So it's not really "dormant". This species is known as heterophyllous (two leaves), meaning that it has two types of leaves or leaf forms. Many of these heterophyllous species have been mistakenly thought of as being dormant when in their smaller, Winter leaf form. Dormant plants slow their growth or nearly cease growing, Mexican Pinguicula do not stop growing.


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    How large of a pot was/is that plant in?!
    The plant in the first photo is in a deep rose pot, 2-1/4" square and it is sitting in a rocks glass full of water. The media is 1/2 silica sand and 1/2 coral sand. The top corners of the pot almost touch the inside rim of the glass and the top of the pot sits just below the top of the rocks glass.
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    yeah, I know.. They continue to grow by putting out non-carnivorous, succulent like leaves. But it's a "dormant-like state" that they are in this time of year, since they aren't growing to their full potential.

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    Mass,
    That P. gypsicola bloomed 3 times last summer
    Last edited by Joseph Clemens; 12-24-2010 at 11:05 PM. Reason: Nomenclature adjustment
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    A chronology of sorts:








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    i'd love to obtain this plant, along with a few other pings like P. colimensis but it seems my cultivation techniques aren't up to par with you guys, and i've lost more Pings than ANY other genus in my collection. i hope i can get it straightened out till then. so far, i've managed to keep P. esseriana, P. laueana, P. rotundiflora, and P. 'Sethos' alive....so far.....
    Last edited by Joseph Clemens; 12-25-2010 at 10:40 AM. Reason: Nomenclature adjustment - P. rotundiflora, not P. rotundifolia, I used to miswrite it often.
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