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    I agree, peat has not been a problem for me. I have been using 100% ground peat almost exclusively for many years now. I keep the peat almost constantly WET, I have good growth.

    However, this discussion about crushed coral has peaked my curiosity: I have been growing one Pinguicula moctezumae in a mixture of [1/2 gypsum - 1/2 vermiculite] for several years now. It is growing and blooming well and is the only Pinguicula moctezumae which has developed multiple crowns.

    Well, I immediately went over to my local pet supply store and got myself a 15# bag of crushed coral sold for marine aquaria. I sieved out the pieces 1/8" (2mm) and smaller and used them in mixes with usual ingredients (peat/vermiculite) and am testing how many of my Pings may respond positively to this media, if at all.

    I will report my results as soon as anything out of the ordinary is observed.
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    i hear you can grow mexi-pings in abalone shells as well because they also give out calcium . i've been growing my mexi-pings in peat with other organic things too and they don't seem stunted or growing weird, they grow well but a lil slow . i should try this experiment or i can try that egg shell thing .

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    how are the plants growing ?

    i got a P. ehlersiae pardon my spelling i don't have the tag with me at the moment.

    i first put it into peat/pearlite only to find the roots had all dies and it was sending out new roots .
    well i put it in sand/pearlite/peat , not i'm wondering if i should put it in sand/coral/pearlite. ?

    i've been wondering , because they go succulant , do they grow in a sand clay soil, in nature ?i'm gonna just take a cutting for in case the big one does'nt like the sand/coral/pearlite.

    wish me luck




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    So far it seems like the coral is making a huge difference. I am seeing growth like I can't believe, a few plants have even doubled in size in the couple weeks since the transfer. I am also getting a lot of plants flowering.
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    Would P. agnata benefit from this type of soil?
    anyone know its native soil conditions?
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    My agnata are in this soil and doing very well.

    As far as the native conditions for agnata, I suggest Eric's website



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    Very interesting...

    Travis...would this media type be for Mexi pings specifically? Do you think other types like North American would benefit? Or would it be any type that grows in a calciferous area?

    I would be interested in trying this.
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    I don't think the N. American Pings would do well in this type of mix because they are pretty much always found in areas of straight peat. I think this media works well for Mexi-Pings because they are ofter found in areas where the "soil" is basically a form of limestone so the coral supplies the calcium that they would be exposed to in nature. Some of the European temperate Pings might also do well in a media of this type as I hear they grow in similar conditions but I have never tried growing them so I can not give a definative answer. Again, Eric's site would probably have something on this
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