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    Sea sponges can get a bit expensive...I wonder if a good 'ol loofah would work just as well. However, just like the sea sponge, it's organic, so it does have the possibility of rotting.
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    i tried a few P. rectifolia today, ill let you know how they turn out
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    Wow. This is a truly fascinating thread! Like Joe (seedjar) already mentioned, the key to success here is both 1) a constant moisture supply and 2) a constant supply of air to the roots.

    Question is, how can we modify our growing mixes to include these same factors, short of cutting out round plugs of foam rubber and plopping them in regular pots? Although that idea sounds interesting, too...

    Corey in Chicago, Illinois

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    Its certainly made my mind start churning. It does offer some possibilities.

    Thanks for sharing that, Peter. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

    Sea sponges and loofah might have residual salt in them though.



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    how do you get the plant out of that afterwards? or do you just leave it?
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    Flip:

    I don't think the plants need to be removed from the foam rubber when replanting. That would be too damaging to the root system. The plants would just be cut away in suitably smaller pieces of foam rubber and then transplanted to a pot with normal growing medium.

    Of course, I am not basing these comments on my personal experience with Pinguicula propagation, but rather on experience with propagating non-CPs via stem cuttings using Oasis cubes (that absorbent foam stuff that florists use to arrange flowers).

    Although, if the foam rubber really were providing ideal conditions for root development among Mexican Pinguicula, perhaps the plants transplanted into regular growing mix would refuse to send roots into the surroundind medium and instead restrict root growth to the foam proper?

    Corey

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