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    I believe I understand that bigger is not necessarily better as pertains to leaf size in some species in that it would appear some Pings have developed growth habits that are adaptive to better insure their survival. Correct me if I am off base on this however, pink leaves on both tropical Homophyllous and Heterophyllous Pinguicula would be a sign the grower has met the optimal light requirements of the plant? Therefore, if a Mexican ping from the lower elevation ranges of that region does not have tinges of pink... it is not getting enough light?

    Is there a list out there somewhere that provides the native range of tropical Pings?

    I would also like to know more about "moving air" and what constitutes same or rather what would be deemed acceptable movement. Exactly how does one create moving air aside from adding an osciallting fan? Is routine human activity in a room throughout the course of the day sufficient? There are people growing Pings in terrariums who appear to be enjoying success. Surely that environment would be stagnating, wouldn't it?

    Does any one happen to have any photos of rosy pink Ping leaves that they would be in a position to share with me?

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    Oh gosh, a few more questions.

    I note reference to tufa gravel at this site-
    http://www.flytrap.demon.co.uk/notes/pinguicu.htm

    It appears to be a viable substitute for that nice light gray pumice which is difficult to get around me without mail ordering it. What is tufa gravel?

    At the above referenced site, readers who were growing Mexican ping were instructed to not "water from October - March. Keep warm and half-shaded. Mist occasionally". This defies logic particularly in my region where the humidity levels drop substantially due to freezing outer air temps to the point many of us have whole house humidifiers attached to our furnaces to avoid getting bloody noses. I am thinking the practice of not watering Mexican Pings might not be in the best interests of the plants, at least in my area. I am thinking I would end up with the equivalent of a 7th grade science experiment gone bad, very bad.

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    I have killed a few pings by "following the rules". I can't use the tray method for most of my pings in my grow room. I've had to pull pings from the room when they developed leaf rot, grow them in the house till they settle down then move them back to my grow room and cut back on the water. These plants were grown in trays prior to my getting them. To quote Pinguicula Man "experiment" and propagate your plants as soon as you get them (leaf cuttings).

    I have shyed away form most pings because of my experiences. But it looks like I am slowly figuring out what works for me.

    I you find a source for pumice gravel in the Midwest, let me know.

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    I found a source for pumice once a few months ago. I bought a bag on line and had it delivered and for the life of me I can not find the url to the website that I ordered that pumice from and I don't have any left. I know I paid for it with a credit card and now I can't even find the entry on statements.

    To the best of my knowledge, nice gray pumice stone is not carried out our way.

    As far as propagating my pings as soon as I get them... I can't bare to rip their little leaves off right now. Nope, no way! I know I should but I can not bring myself to do it.

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    In most cases I find that with enough strong light for 12 or more hours per day even Pinguicula gypsicola, which is known as a touchy Mexican species has been grown by me as a semi-aquatic in a mixture of sand/coral. I keep one in plastic pot inside a container, "rocks glass" with water 90% of the time at the media surface (semi-aquatic). I keep it within 1/2 inch of the cool white fluorescent lights for 15 hours per day.

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    Even under my high light environment I find that not all Mexican Pinguicula develop a pink or red tint to their leaves. I have seen that under lower light conditions non of them do.
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