So i have to say, there is a lot of conflicting information on Ping dormancy. I've been doing a lot of reading and i've seen everything from "They can survive not going through dormancy" to "Let the PLANTS choose when to do dormancy" to "Change your light/temp/etc... to induce it"
For reference I have 2 Different types of Pings, a P.weser, and a P.agnata x moranensis .
My setup right now is:
Lights: Agrobrite 4 bulb/2 foot T5 HO (Amazon.com : Agrobrite T5, FLT28, 2 Foot, 8-Tube Fixture with Included Fluorescent Grow Lights : Plant Growing Light Fixtures : Patio, Lawn & Garden) specifically
Trays: 1.5 Inch tall trays filled with always RO distilled water (Sometimes it'll maybe get down to about an inch but in general I keep it filled up)
Media: peat moss (1 part), perlite (2 parts), and silica sand (1 part). (Mix is actually from Sarracenia Northwest). Does this seem like a good mix? AKA enough drainage, im not super sure on this.
Pots: Plastic 5.5" square pots (is this too tall? for how much tray depth I have).
The lights are about 6-8 inches away from the pots right now.
So I guess here is my main question: Right now they are on a 16 hour photoperiod, both are bright red and seem healthy. I know dormancy generally comes in Late Fall/Winter to early spring. So should I let them do it on their own? I mean...the light isn't really going to change unless I change it or should I start reducing the photoperiod (they are on an automatic timer right now).
Also when do I start restricting the water they have? Once succulent leaves start forming or should I start doing that before? And if so when?
Obviously im a bit confused on the specifics, since everything is artificial right now they aren't getting any natural cues.
Edit: Side question: Is Betta fish pellets (like what we feed sundews) acceptable to feed pings as well, I haven't found a ton of info on feeding pings unfortunately.