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    I don't own a digital camera but if any of you are planning to attend the BACPS Show next Sunday, I am displaying my Ping. gigantea. It currently has a 13" leaf span. 2 years ago the plant maxed out at 15" before it bloomed. Alfred Lau saw the plant and said it was the largest Ping he had ever seen but had heard that some specimens of gigantea could reach 18" or more!

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    It seems that plants with less light go larger than the one with bright light even fewx hours of direct sun.

    The plants seems to adapt their leaves to catch more or less light.

    I have also noted that in full sun, the plants turn yellowish comparatively to more shaded plants that are green
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    Wow! I have a P. 'Titan' that is approaching 12 inches. It's HUGE! I'll be at the BACPS meeting, and will bring a camera!

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    Eric,

    If you remember the CPN when they intoduced it(Maybe w/o a name), it was described as a "yellow" ping growing in full sun in hard to reach rocky, outcrops.
    Phil, could you remind me of your compost again? I think you said your secret was growing it in a soil filled tray so the humidity is super high?
    Cheers,

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    Yes Joe, you are right. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (The Griffin @ Sep. 21 2004,10:05)]Phil, could you remind me of your compost again?
    This is Leo Song's recipe quoted from
    http://www.carnivorousplants.org/cul...ivars/v30.html
    Pinguicula ‘Titan’ is very vigorous and easy to grow. We use a general mix for carnivorous plants (2 parts coco peat, 2 parts peat moss, 1 part fine orchid bark, 3 parts #20 quartz sand, 1-1.5 parts coarse perlite) to which we add a bit of dolomite and gypsum (1 part to 800 parts potting mix). A 5 cm (2 inch) layer of perlite is placed at the bottom of the pot for added drainage and enhanced aeration.

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    In case Phil misses this thread, here's what I found from
    http://www.bacps.org/2002Spring.html

    Part 1:
    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]Phil Faulisi brought in a Pinguicla gigantea, which he grew in a large square pot containing peat, sand and vermiculite. He transplants yearly and does not fertilize at all.
    Part 2:
    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]Phil Faulisi brought in Pinguicula display of P. esseriana, P.
    gigantea, P. pumila, P. rotundifolia, and P. hemiepiphytica. He grows
    them in peat, charcoal, vermiculite, sphagnum and small orchid bark. Phil also brought in a huge hybrid specimen of P. 'John Rizzi' grown in
    peat, charcoal and perlite. Phil generally uses peat, perlite and
    sphagnum no sand for his mix. He then grows them in full sun with RO
    water and uses no fertilizers. His P. gigantea can achieve a diameter
    of 14" across.
    I guess the mix would be something between Part 1 & 2.

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    Thanks Bob and Emesis,

    I would just chalk this up to good growing, as Phil has great conditions and is very adaptive. I am guessing the mix is not as important as how he gorws it.

    Cheers,

    Joe

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