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    Arrow New P. Gigantea mini-wall, A chip off the old block

    Some of you may be familiar with this thread.

    It didn't work evenly, and I only have one large plant right now

    So I decided to try something a little different.

    Not that the ping wasn't doing well on that other wall:



    Anyway, I cut the plant off and installed it in a holder I made from scrap (I mean scrap) wood. Gives it a homely feel:











    It certainly dries out faster than the bottom row of the wall, but that's to be expected since it's smaller. I guess there is no "magical" way to grow these guys. I was hoping for something automatic that would grow a ton of plants. But I don't have the plants...

    I still have the wall. Part of my plan is to take sections out of it, and that would let water build up on every level. So it I get a lot of plants, I will have a very odd looking wall...with 6 sections missing, and plants growing from the tops of the sections before. I'm taking pullings left and right to try and figure out the best media to use. So far the plantlets on vermiculite are doing the best. So I'll raise them to working age on that from now on.

    Time for bed
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    This is working VERY well, I have 6 more plants, 3 more clones to pot up. I was reading on the World of Pinguicula website about substrates: http://www.pinguicula.org/pages/culture/substrates.htm

    And Jeff's media advice:

    cat litier 50 % ( no parfumed) or calcareous loam
    river sand 12.5%
    pouzzolane 12.5 %
    vermiculite or perlite 12.5%
    calcareous sand 12.5%
    While slight modification I used this substrate for the plant in the previous post and its doing well:


    Cat litter-4-5 parts
    Silica Sand-1 part
    Vemiculite- 1 part
    Perlite- 2 parts
    Decomposing Granite- 1 part

    Anyway, I will use a new substrate, and since perlite and vermiculite are basically interchangeable, maybe better drainage with perlite, and not as fast a breakdown (but they are basically interchangeable to me right now) I will use the following media for the six plants

    1 part cat litter
    1 part vermiculite
    1 part coarse sand
    1 part lava rock

    This is similar to WoP's main media recipe of:
    2 perlite
    2 vermiculite
    1 small sand (for aquarium), 1 fine white sand
    1 pouzzolane (volcanic lava)
    1 aqualit (expansed ceramic for aquarium). The aqualit can be replaced by 1 of pouzzolane.
    Which can be distilled to:

    1 Perlite
    1 Vermiculite
    1 Sand
    1 Lava

    But since the pings like calcareous mixture I will use cat litter. My main problem is weather to use perlite or vermiculite. I would rather go perlite, but I have much more vermiculite...I should find a use for it. SO. New media is:

    1 part Cat Litter
    1 part Vermiculite
    1 part Coarse Sand
    1 part Lava rock

    The rockwool around the ping will provide some additional moisture, so media mix should be light. Hopefully this was achieved. I will let you know how the plants do!

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    Very nice! Love to see new projects
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    Looks good SDCP's! Does it hang, or do you just sit it down like you have it?

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    They're gonna hang. I have 6 more now that I'm adjusting to the light thanks to an influx of new plants from a friend.

    Here is my new media mix:



    And the new enclosures:



    Now just waiting for plants:



    Planted!, cuttings taken.



    Hiding from the sun for awhile with my first p. gigantea out in front.


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    Very nice SDCP's. P. gigantea pullings grow very fast, and can have a 4" plant in less than a year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 31drew31 View Post
    Very nice SDCP's. P. gigantea pullings grow very fast, and can have a 4" plant in less than a year.
    Those plants were from a friend, but yes, I have plants from cuttings and they're doing well.

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    Here they are growing in Time-lapse! Time to put the plants in more sun now. They're ready for it.


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