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    Continuing with the bloodworm trials. Here is a photo of a group of different Pinguicula plants. Some were given a sprinkling of freeze-dried bloodworm powder, all were spritzed with my extra dilute fertilizer solution.

    In the bottom left there are two pots of Pinguicula esseriana plantlets. There are four plants in each pot. Two of the plants in each pot received the bloodworms while two did not.

    When I plant the trays I sort the plants by size, largest on one end and graded to the other end where the runts are placed. In the tray of Pinguicula esseriana (upper left), I treated only the "runts" with bloodworms. They were all less than 1/2 the size of any others in that tray, 3 weeks after beginning to feed with bloodworms, they are now some of the largest plants in this tray.

    In the tray of Pinguicula jaumavensis (upper right), all of these plants were very close to the same size -- the "runts" were removed much earlier, hence the vacant area. The first plants in this tray to be given bloodworms were the row, top to bottom, on the far right, then all those remaining began getting bloodworms I starting one week after the first. The two "red" plants in the center were the only ones not to receive bloodworms.

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    I grow the gypsicolas outdoors in a terrarium with only an hour or so morning sun and bright shade the rest of the day. The humidity is kept high and the soil is kept dry during the winter. Temperatures are relatively cool throughout the year with highs in the low 80sF and nights in the upper 40'sF-60'sF. The mix I use for this specie is similar to Vic's, except that the tufa and loam is replaced by sand and vermiculite.

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    That is weird how they loose their pinkness when fed.
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    Do you think they lose their "pinkness" when fed because they don't need to attract prey? Kind of like a Nepenthes not producing pitchers when it has pleanty of nourishment?

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (homer @ Feb. 12 2004,10:52)]Do you think they lose their "pinkness" when fed because they don't need to attract prey? Kind of like a Nepenthes not producing pitchers when it has pleanty of nourishment?

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    My guess is that the "pinkness" or "redness" is still there, just now there is a lot more green chlorophyll that hides it. Just like all-red Drosera or Dionaea clones. There is more red than green, so the green is masked out by the red. There is still the same amount of green, just now you can't see it.

    I think of it like a teeter-totter, where the balance shifts back and forth.
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    Quote[/b] (PinguiculaMan @ Feb. 12 2004,22:05)]
    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (homer @ Feb. 12 2004,10:52)]Do you think they lose their "pinkness" when fed because they don't need to attract prey? Kind of like a Nepenthes not producing pitchers when it has pleanty of nourishment?

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    My guess is that the "pinkness" or "redness" is still there, just now there is a lot more green chlorophyll that hides it. Just like all-red Drosera or Dionaea clones. There is more red than green, so the green is masked out by the red. There is still the same amount of green, just now you can't see it.

    I think of it like a teeter-totter, where the balance shifts back and forth.
    Yah, but that would mean the chloroplast have increased in concentration, and I didn't think plants did that much, what with those orginels being their own entity and all... I guess you could check this easy. Just make a slide of a sliver of a green plant and a pink one and look at how many chloroplast each has in it.

    Right now though, I'm more inclined to go with the idea of not needing to attract prey and less red coloring being produced.

    It would be interesting to see which the plant is doing.
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    Chlorophyll not chloroplasts. Chloroplasts are basically like pixels. If they are without chlorophyll molecules they are colorless, but the more chlorophyll molecules they contain the greener they are.
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