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Thread: Pinguicula on rocks?

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    Has anyone here tried growing mexican Pings on rocks? Quite recently(Dec., LACPS meeting), I saw a P.gigantea grown by Ed Read on a pumice like rock. I was just wondering if anyone has any positive/negative feedback on this idea.

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    Peter D'Amato in "Savage Garden" frequently discusses alternative planting containers for Pinguicula. If you feel the need to "fancify" the growing conditions for your plants it sounds like an interesting avocation. Especially if you have extra growing space you can afford to lose. At $200/month my indoor growing space is at a premium, though I would like to experiment that way also, presently I cannot afford to lose the space.



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    Space should not be a huge problem for me. I just need to find a source for large pieces of rocks rocks(pumice, lava rock etc.). It would be beautiful and natural to see some miniature pings cover a piece of rock.

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    Landscape supply companies should be able to help!

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    Yes, I will try those or aquarium stores. It is the price that I am concerned about. Thanks.

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    I forget the name of a glacial rock that a good friend was telling me about...it's very porous like a beehive honeycomb. It was left all over the earth by the glaciers and is near water if I am remembering correctly. Anyone know what i am talking about?

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    Do you mean tufa? This is extremely difficult to acquire in the U.S.




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    yes I believe he is talking about tufa.
    and yes its a hard one to find.
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