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    I guess if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

    What potting media are you using these days btw?
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    Depends on the species. I have found that Pinguicula immaculata and Pinguicula gypsicola do best for me in a mix consisting mostly of 20 grit sand with a little crushed coral of the same size mixed in. Nothing else seems to do as well for them, in my conditions. Most others are in either 100% peatmoss or 50/50 peat moss / pumice, though sometimes I throw in a little sand too.
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    Where did you get a Pinguicula gypsicola and what is your culture method?

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    I received my firstPinguicula gypsicola several years ago from the Czech Republic. I find that they grow just fine in either 100% peat or sand/coral/vermiculite. I have yet to find the key to getting them to bloom, but that hasn't kept me from propagating them by leaf cuttings.
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    I have tried selfing my gypsicola, but this has not worked. Usually get quite a few flowers during the spring when the plant emerges from its rather long resting period.

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    CP2k,

    Could you elaborate on your growing techniques as concerns Pinguicula gypsicola.

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    Joseph,

    Like CP2k, my P. gypsicola plants flower each spring, shortly after they have resumed full summer growth. They are grown in natural light, in semi-shade (this probably equals full shade in Arizona!), with just a few hours direct sunshine in the afternoon. They have a long, cool (min. 48F), dry dormancy and don't 'wake up' until about April. My soil mix is mostly inert, free draining material like perlite and Seramis (german baked clay granules) with the addition of about 10% crushed tufa limestone and 10% loam-based potting compost (contains fertilizer and lime).

    This is my largest and most mature plant, it flowered profusely from May-September last year. I've never succeeded in selfing the flowers either, but they do produce both viable seeds and pollen when hybridising.







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    Very nice Vic Brown,

    Very inspirational.
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