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    Here is a pot of Pinguicula ionantha in bloom. These I will soon pollinate.





    And a group of Pinguicula ionantha plantlets growing together in a tray:






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    Interjection: No Pinguicula pollen is visible in these photos. The yellow visible is strictly part of the corolla.

    The dark specks peppering the leaves is a dusting of powdered freeze-dried mosquito larvae (plant food).
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    Very nice ionantha My G.sp.giant violacea is growing 2 flower stalks
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    Very nice! My ionantha flowers this time of year as well. It seems a photoperiod of less than 12.5 hours a day might trigger it to flower, but only in the Fall. While I'm on the subject, my primuliflora sent up a stalk at the same time earlier this month [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

    Joseph, what duration of light are you giving your ionantha per day?

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    All my plants get 15 hrs/day of cool white fluorescent light, from 6pm to 9am. Some days each week I turn the lights on early to work with the plants.

    The S.E. USA Pinguicula are in growth and bloom nearly continuously, just like the Mexican species and hybrids.

    I must mention that Pinguicula gypsicola is finally blooming for me -- though I have never changed its environment to accomplish this even though I expected I would eventually need to do so.



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    6pm to 9am? Is that to keep the temps down since you live in a hot climate?
    Gorgeous pics.
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    Yes, so I don't have to use electricity for air conditioning to counteract heat produced by using electricity for lighting.
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