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    Unhappy

    Typical saturday...walking around the lawn and garden section of the mega-box harware store (being totally ignored by the way) and what do I find? A flat of pings hidden underneath one of the display tables. The pings look rough, ignored, reviled...maybe even spit upon [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mad.gif[/img]

    Anyway, I started to pass the whole sorry scene up, but chanced upon one lonely ping with a bright red flower!

    My camera isn't working now, but I can describe it... small purplish leaves, red flower. What is this?

    I'm hoping that I can save it from the compost heap where I'm sure all its sisters will end up

    Can anyone help with care suggestions?

    Damon
    Nothing needs so reforming as other people's habits.
    -Mark Twain

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    Hey,
    Well, the only ping with a red flower in the entire genus is P. Laueana. Its a mexican ping that likes highland conditions.
    Kevin
    Kevin Peterson
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    Yep, laueana is the olny ping with a red flower. They are gorgeous! I have many of them here, all flowering at the same times. It is very easy to care for:

    Repot it in a mix of peat/sand or peat/perlite (i don't really measure, roughly 50/50-I found pings can grow in a bunch of things). Roots are fairly shallow, as in other pings. I keep mine on the windowsill. Sit it on a saucer of water. I don't worry about my mexican pings going dormant. I never do anything different. Some will go turn into buds by themselves.
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