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Mexican Ping. Dormancy?

PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 10:14 pm
by spruill771
I am fixing to buy a gaint shipment of CP's, and in that I'm going to have some P. Moranesis. I've been told two different views about their dormancy. I know they are a tropical plant and all tropical CP's don't need dormancy, but I've been told that Mexican Butterworts do? I just want to know what to do... :)

Re: Mexican Ping. Dormancy?

PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:15 am
by Grey
Mexican Pinguicula require what is called a dry dormancy; this has a similar timescale to a venus fly traps wet dormancy however the plants behaviour is different. During dormancy mexican pings stop producing carnivorous leaves and instead grow thinner, differently shaped succulent (non-carnivorous) leaves that stack onto eachother. It does very little growing, as well.

To induce a dry dormancy you need to gradually decrease photoperiod, prey levels and watering; temperature decreasing isn't such a big deal with dry dormancies but it won't hurt at all (as long as temperatures don't drip below freezing).

Please remember that the plant shouldn't die back during this time. Here's a link to an article regarding mexican pinguicula dormancies:

http://www.greyspinguiculagarden.com/me ... icula.html

On a side-note, Warm Temperate Pinguicula are tropical and do not need a dormancy period; that may be where the confusion lies. Good luck!

Re: Mexican Ping. Dormancy?

PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 7:41 pm
by jansim
spruill771 wrote:I am fixing to buy a gaint shipment of CP's, and in that I'm going to have some P. Moranesis. I've been told two different views about their dormancy. I know they are a tropical plant and all tropical CP's don't need dormancy, but I've been told that Mexican Butterworts do? I just want to know what to do... :)



Hi I live inMexico can I grow mexican butterworts outside?

Re: Mexican Ping. Dormancy?

PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 9:32 pm
by Grey
I don't foresee any problem with you growing mexican pinguicula outdoors, just try to make sure you acclimate them before putting them in direct sunlight.

Re: Mexican Ping. Dormancy?

PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2011 2:23 am
by tommyr
My Moranensis make the succulent leaves in winter. House temps in fall/winter mid to high 60's F.