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    Lightbulb PROJECT: Mexican Ping Dripping Wall

    Hello Friends,

    I have a lovely east facing spot for an interesting habitat!



    I would really like to build some sort of a self-watering dripping wall...similar to what's seen here: http://www.pinguicula.org/pages/culture/JSteiger.htm
    However, my wall would be dedicated to mexican pinguicula, probably p. gigantae since they may do well while receiving morning sun in San Diego.

    I have done something similar, but with native succulents:



    The plan would look more like this wall found at the Huntington, however, than the wall linked above:



    The wall will be hanging from the roof and removable, ideally. It needs to be light. I have a power outlet close by for running the pump.

    I am very interested in learning whether any of you have attempted to do something like this, of what materials I should make the wall out of...particularly what material could I use to construct the wall (fiber?) as a replacement soil for p. gigantea. How about a sandwich with a layer of soil between a back and a netted front?

    I have a few ideas but wouldn't know where to start.

    Many thanks in advance.

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    That is an awesome project, unfortunately I'm not gonna be of any help as I only grow one mexican ping, and it has never done much. I look forward to seeing the finished product.
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    P. gigantea in habitat (see image link):





    I've heard that this pinguicula can tolerate higher temperatures than most mexican pinguicula; more sunlight. This is why I'm considering it for the wall.

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    P. gigantea seems like a great choice, - idea - maybe the bottom of your drip wall could be a giant rock, or as giant as you want it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JB in Utah View Post
    P. gigantea seems like a great choice, - idea - maybe the bottom of your drip wall could be a giant rock, or as giant as you want it.
    I have 1 p. gigantea already. I placed it in a spot with the same conditions and it is recovering from more sun than usual--very fast. It has dew and everything! I just need to see how fast it grows, acquire different clones or seed. I would really like genetically different plants on the wall since it will be dedicated to one species...at least for the moment it is.

    It would be really awesome to re-create the habitat (I LOVE that magnificent picture. It really takes my breath away and makes my heart stop. We have succulents in CA that grow like that........oh, the beauty!) with rock/something that looks authentic since that is where much of the beauty lies IMHO. Maybe I could secure thin slates on the front of the wall. However, since it will be hanging from the roof, The wall can't weigh more than 50 pounds or so. I'll have to leave out giant rocks. The reason being my mother wants to plant flowers under it, and I want the wall to be removable. I built a bog on wheels and the wheels, although pricey, saved me from taking apart the thing when dad built his shed. I just moved the ~800 lb bog to a new location. Yeah.

    This is one project I am going to spend time and money on making it look good...not just something that works but is ugly...get the idea from the succulent habitat I made out of scrap wood. I didn't spend a single penny on that one.

    I hope I explained my position more clearly. Thank you for your idea, though. Everything helps.

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    The crossroads

    Hello friends,

    I have thought about this for awhile, and have come up with two related plans.



    The first plan requires a well-designed frame with a plexiglass backing and a screen front. Aluminum bands may be needed to support the front. Fiberglass window screen would be excellent since the roots would penetrate into the media. The media would fit between the media and screen. It would be regular ping substrate.



    The second plan would be much more radical. See post 1 for picture of Huntington gardens. It would replicate that, but would be housed in a frame with a plexiglass back...similar to plan 1. There would be no-little media at all, but everything would be a synthetic material similar to filter pads. I may have to use screen on the front.

    My main question here is would plan two even work? The best I could do nutrient wise would be to pump peat water instead of pure water, since there would be no nutrients in the growing media. Hydrophonics of pinguicula? Do you think it's possible? I guess the good thing IS that the plants ARE carnivorous...so hopefully they wouldn't rely on the peat-water.

    Plan two has the advantages of being easier to maintain and lasting longer than plan one. However, I need to find a good synthetic media. Any ideas? I'm thinking something like a filter pad or a sponge, but I don't know what names they go by or...oh...I just don't know what to use. What did they use for that fern wall?


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    Nice project!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimscott View Post
    Nice project!
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