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    Quote Originally Posted by w03 View Post
    I wonder if anyone has tried the same thing with other sources of chitin, perhaps shrimp or crab shells. . .
    I have tried it with dried/powdered shrimp shells, though not extensively or for an extended period of time. I was concerned that the shrimp shells might contain damaging amounts of sodium, but I soaked mine in D.I. water, several times, and even after they had been powdered, so they were rinsed out fairly well, then redried. I've even tried using tiny, whole, dried shrimp, in shell. It does work, but just not as well as insect powder, plus a little Trichoderma harzianum inoculant.

    I just like the thought of insect powder, better. After all how many shrimp are these plants going to be exposed to in their native habitats, vs insects.

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    Thank you Morpheus for bringing this idea, back to my mind. I'm also, thanks to fredg, looking into trying PV power and the recirculating tray method. In my case it will be in a greenhouse frame I built more than a decade ago, but ran short on funds and was not able to complete it as a greenhouse, but now plan to use it as a shade house. I'm hoping to be able to create an environment suitable for, at least, Mexican/equatorial Pinguicula. If this works, perhaps I can gradually expand the PV system to get us off the grid, or at least greatly reduce our commercial power consumption. Great ideas, guys. I sure hope it works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theplantman View Post
    I've grown Pings outdoors and it's really difficult. Hard rains shatter the leaves everywhere. Good for propagation, but at the frequency it rains in the south, it ends up just killing the plants. Added to that, full sunlight where I am causes sun scorch. With overhead protection in partial shade, you might have a shot.
    What you said here, reminds me of my experience with placing some Mexican Pinguicula into a tropical greenhouse at a nearby arid plants nursery. The greenhouse is used for plants, other than arid types, including several varieties of Mexican Pinguicula, which I provided. They water by hand, and this has produced a virtual cascade of spontaneous propagations. The watering had dislodges leaves on several occasions, enough, so that there were plants in many places on the wooden benches around the potted plants, on the concrete blocks that supported the wooden benches, on the gravel of the greenhouse floor, and several were even perched on the rims of the plastic pots. A curious place for severed leaves to rest and plantlets to form, epiphytically (on rocks it is lithophytically, so is it plasticphytically, here?).

    In that greenhouse it was easy to see how adaptable these plants are to lower light. They grew and flowered well, but just didn't look as well-defined and healthy as those I was growing under fluorescent lights.
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    I'm going to go ahead and try to grow them outdoors this season. I'll take pullings to make sure I have backups indoors. Hopefully it works! I'm going to try to grow in a mix of peat, perlite, crushed lava rock, and possibly a small amount of crushed oyster shells (I've heard that Pinguicula like to have extra minerals in the soil?)

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    Also, thanks to everyone for their input! I'm going to try growing them on my porch where they'll be protected from harsh light and rains but still receive morning light.

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    Sounds like an interesting and progressive plan. I look forward to hearing of your success.
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