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    What's your favorite soil mix for Pinguiculas?

    What's your favorite soil mix for Pinguiculas?

    I grow mostly Mexican Pings and wondering what soil mix do you use?
    Here are a few I have written down. I've been using #2 but want to try some other mixes.

    1: 3 Parts Sand and 1 Part Peat
    2: 1 Part Sand, 1 Part Perlite, 1 Part Peat
    3: 1 Part Volcanic Rock, 1 Part Sand and 1 Part Peat
    4: 1 Part Sand and 1 Part Peat
    5: 1 part Peat, 1 part Silicia Sand, 2 parts Perlite
    6: Straight Aquatic Planting Media (API or Schultz)
    7: 1 Part Aquatic Planting Media, 1 part silicia sand
    8. Straight Turface
    9. 1 Part Turface, 1 part silicia sand

    Thank you,

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    Mine have been going well 4+ years on in a mix of just 1 part perlite : 1 part vermiculite.

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    I have been doing quite a bit of experimenting lately with media mixes for Pings. In my conditions I've noticed the following: in shorter than average pots, the pings do great with straight turface, or a mixture of turface & sand. In average & taller pots, the straight turface does not seem able to wick up enough moisture to reach the delicate, shallow roots of the pings, and so I use a heavier and more absorbent mixture of peat/sand/perlite with good effects. I'm still a Ping newbie, but to me, like most plant varieties, the media mixture seems to depend largely on your conditions.

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    What's your favorite soil mix for Pinguiculas?

    Mine (that are doing well) are in a mix of 1 part peat moss, 1 part perlite, 1 part fir bark, 1 part sand. All the ingredients have been blended. Like with a blender on "chop" setting. My local carnivorous plant nursery sells it, but it's not for pings.

    I have one that's not doing so great in a tall pot with LFS to plug the bottom holes and then just silica sand @Radagast you're right that it's not wicking the water up as well. It too was an experiment media.

    @Steverd I've wanted to try Aquatic Plant Media (API) but haven't tried it yet. Have you?
    Last edited by europa_13; 12-06-2015 at 12:38 AM.

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    I have had good results with peat and perlite and with inorganic mixes , but don't see the point in using deep pots for plants with such shallow roots so haven't had a wicking problem

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    I use 100% Turface on most of mine. Some species, like P.moctezumae, P.immaculata, P.nivalis and P.moranensis and it's close relatives seem to prefer a slightly wetter mix of Turface/peat or Turface/sand/peat. Depending on the conditions they are grown in, there are many mixes that will work well for most species. While there is no "best recipe", I do incorporate Turface into all my Pinguicula mixes. It's definitely a superior additive, it wicks water extremely well for summer growth, allows for good drainage in winter all while keeping whatever media it's added to loose and aerobic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by europa_13 View Post
    @Steverd I've wanted to try Aquatic Plant Media (API) but haven't tried it yet. Have you?
    YES, here is my P.esseriana grown in 100% API Aquatic plant mix.
    The piece of paper in the corner was my wick test to be sure water was wicking up to the plant.
    But I do top water alot.


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    Right now 50/50 peat and perlite with some calcium carbonate (crushed up chalk) thrown in.
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