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    Ok, this is probably old hat to most of you, but I am very pleased to state that my very first leaf cuttings of Mexican Pinguicula (the common but lovely Pinguicula moranensis, to be exact) appear to be forming buds. I only put them down a week and a half ago, so I really was not expecting anything so soon. However, when I was checking up on them just now, I noticed something a bit odd on the base of two leaves that I had not seen before, so I got out my magnifying glass and--sure enough!--they looked like tiny buds beginning to swell, exactly as I had seen in photos posted by others in this forum!

    I am so excited! The other leaves in my propagation tray still show no signs of forming buds, but they are not rotting away yet, either, so I suppose it is just a matter of time.

    Mexican Pinguicula are so cool! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

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    Cuttings of Mexican Pings seem to be very fast when it comes to budding and growing. Congratualtions on the cuttings!
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    I just checked my batch of cuttings again today. Now all but two leaves in this batch are budding. This is incredible. And I have a couple of other batches of leaf cuttings that I put down from the Pinguicula 'Sethos' and the Pinguicula esseriana that I purchased off of e-Bay.

    This is my first time. Aren't they all supposed to rot and die on the first try? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

    I think I am soon going to have Mexican Pinguicula coming out of my ears!

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    Congratulations! You're a father! Got any Cubans? Rotting leaf cuttings that actuall produce new plants tend to be more the VFT's. Ping leaves, from my observation, tend to lose their color and become transcluscent.

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    Hi Jim:

    No Cubans yet. Most of them appear to be true epiphytes, so I am a little scared to try them at this point. I have grown orchids (mainly Brassavola species) successfully for several years now, but something about a carnivorous epiphyte seems a bit intimidating. How do you grow yours?

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    I have mine in a mix of sand and peat (no topdressing of LFS), right at a SE window sill. Generally, I add water once or twice a week, depending upon how much is lost to evaporation from sunlight. I try to vary the water level. None have a pinkish hue at the moment.

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