but a lot of ping mexican and temperate are rather calcareous .
here in europe a lot of people (I am one)have tried this solution ( on a calcareous wall), without very good sucess .
for me the pot solution is the best .
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Keep in mind that soil plus water can be heavy and may fall down.
You can use the media used for building worldwide green walls (see google with green walls).
The media is this one typical on this link on the pictures :
I talked with the curator of the Huntington today and he mentioned that the synthetic material was a sort of commercial filter pad--actually it was a type of comercial felt (edit) at least along those lines. But a mineral material would probably be superior, no?
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may want to look into how they build stucco homes. I seem to remember a thin plastic layer underneath, stretched over the wooden frame, then the matrix of wire over that and then the substrate.
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Wait. I think I may see what you mean. You're saying to BUILD a replica of the rocky wall...with something that hardens into rock. I feel that's going to be hard because most concrete ect. has a high salt content...minerals you know. Maybe pings don't mind?
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OK. I'm sold. I'll use that felt for building greenwalls.
However, now I have other questions! Shoddy felt, as this seems to be called...It would have to be a bit think. I'm not quite sure where to get it though. Does this seem suitable in any way?
Now. Growing pinguicula in felt! I would water them with water passed through some sort of standard ping media, I suppose. I'm sure they need more nutrients than hair...but it's a good thing they can catch their own food.
I'll be using a small pump on a timer. I'll have it water the minimum duration several times a day I assume, more in summer, less in winter. Maybe I'll get a digital timer in place of a mechanical one.
Is there any aditive to the water that would be good for pings? Dilute ferts instead of a slurry of ping media? Should the water be alkaline, or acidic?
Has anybody tried hydrophonics with pinguicula? P. gigantae seems a good choice since it doesn't require winter dormancy I've heard.
like the others mexican ping , gigantea have need a dormancy period .
P.gigantea is a carnivorous plant they have need also to alive insect like all these plants genus.
rather alcalin water.
a mineral substrat is not a start of hydroponics ?
this wall is a interressant project ,for me no adapted to the pinguicula but for common green plant yes if you love ( like your picture)
I understand that the wall did not work for you or for many other people. But I would like to try again. I believe that if set up properly, it will work for p. gigantea. Whether I have to create a sort of verticle pot instead of hydrophonics I do not know. That is my question. I
Thank you for understanding. If you can help me along the way, please contribuite. If this wall fails, let the administrators sticky it as something that should not be tried again...but I'm willing to try. If all else fails, I will have something interesting to sell at the local garage sale.