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    Can someone tell me what's going on with m Pinguicula? thanks!

    I am assuming they are turning into smaller succulent leaves. So that's the cue to reduce watering. BUT MAN, they look so different compared to when they first arrived Sept and in October. Since I'm a first time grower I don't really know if i'm doing things right. So need expert opinions, thanks ^_^.

    Growing Condition
    I moved the Pings from a windowsill to this new set up. Under Sun Blaze 24 for 12 hours a day. The relative room temperature averages 65. Max 68 and Min 60. Humidity averages 50%.

    The first picture is before and second is now.

    The plants that arrived from one online vendor back in September

    P. 'Pirouette'



    P. esseriana



    P. 'Tina'




    This is from another nursery and purchased in October (this one sat outside for a while, recently brought back in)

    P. laueana

    Last edited by Joseph Clemens; 11-22-2014 at 04:42 PM. Reason: Nomenclature

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    I'm not a Pinguicula expert but it is pretty universal with plants that lower light levels will grow larger leaves while the same plant under higher light levels will grow smaller leaves. If I'm not mistaken that fixture produces alot of light with new bulbs.

    I'll leave the rest to the Pinguicula people
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    what?? i want bigger leaves................
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    It looks like most of your plants are becoming healthier in your higher light levels. Which usually means smaller summer leaves. Some may be transitioning into winter leaf form (which are naturally smaller leaves). Some, if not all, look like they could use a little more nutrition. I recommend small amounts of freeze-dried bloodworm/tubifex, or dried powdered insects, lightly dusted onto the leaves, weekly. Or, a very dilute soluble plant food solution, lightly spritzed onto the plants leaves - or both. My recommendation, if you want Pinguicula plants with large leaves, that stay large - get Pinguicula gigantea.
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    Can you educate me me now how to notice nutrient deficient plants? So i can notice this pattens in the future. Or something I can read?

    Is there any brand of bloodworm you'd recommend? thank you super much (KISS)

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    These plants all look fine to me. They're just producing their winter succulent leaves. Perfectly normal.

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    Thank you
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    I emailed one of the nursery and they say they have the soil stay moist all the way through mid Dec. From mid Dec till Feb without water. Does that sound about right to you guys?

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    Yup, I do tabout he same for most of mine except for the species that need an obligatory dry season like P.macrophylla. I just let those ones tell me what they want to do, they usually like it dry for a month or so longer than the rest.

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