Re: Pinguicula luscitanica and P. moranensis

From: Phil Wilson (
Date: Sun Jan 24 1999 - 02:57:37 PST

Date: Sun, 24 Jan 1999 10:57:37 +0000
From: Phil Wilson <>
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Subject: Re: Pinguicula luscitanica and P. moranensis


It sounds like you are growing P. lusitanica just fine!

>I thought I would talk about my experiences with P. luscitanica to find out
>if I'm growing this species properly. Somewhere between 1 and 2 years ago,
>I planted seed on a mix of 1 part sand and 1 part milled sphagnum peat moss.
>They have since germinated, and flowered last summer having spent their
>entire life under fluorescent lights. I've kept them in the basement so
>they've never experienced our long, hot summers. Right now days are usually
>in the 70's to occasionally 80's (F) and nights are in the 50's to
>occasionally 60's now that they are in an enclosed grow room for the winter
>that has plastic on 2 walls separating the grow room from outdoor weather.
>One of the things that's bothering me is that the plants are maybe 1 cm in

1 cm diameter is about the right size.

>diameter. Is this the right size for luscitanica? They have never formed

No, they do not form winter buds.

>winter buds (Should they?), and the leaves have always seemed to be very
This is normal.

You do not mention if the plants have flowered.

>I also have a question about P. moranensis. I removed the pot from a tray
>of water maybe 1 to 2 months ago to try to induce winter dormancy. I have
>watered the pot occasionally, maybe once every 2 weeks for fear that the
>plants would dry out too much. They are still catching insects voraciously,
>and I'm concerned that I'm not giving them the winter dormancy they need.
>Any suggestions? Should I get tough!
Try allowing the pot to dry out. If you are growing under lights allow
the photoperiod to drop to around nine hours per day.

Phil Wilson
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