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    What Tillandsia for desert climate?

    I live in a desert as well. The sonoran desert gets pretty humid in the late summer and I grow them inside a swamp cooled house under skylights, so that's a boon, but its pretty dry the rest of the year. I've had a lot of good luck from Tillandisia capult medusae, and T. caliginosa. T. cacticola...
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    New Pings!

    For my birthday, someone was kind enough to send two pings: Pinguicula moranensis and Pinguicula esseriana Now I have a collection of four, inculding P. cyclosecta and P. koehres. I planted them in the same all mineral substrate as my first two pings (70% turface 30% sand 0.05% Fe203) and...
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    Pictures of blooming orchids

    It does! About 8 o' clock I get a good wiff of the onset. My house has a swamp cooler that blows humid air across the orchid where its hanging, and that fans the smell all around. I love the root system on this thing. It branches all over the cholla skeleton its growing on, and turns green when...
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    Pictures of blooming orchids

    In spite of my difficulties growing Pings, I can grow orchids really well. First, a picture of a Laelia angereri x L. katsukiana: This is a primary hybrid of two rock laelias from Brazil. They can grow well outside in Arizona, as long as they are given some shade in the afternoon, and a...
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    Ping Troubleshooting

    So here's the status of my Pings. I've kept them in the same location, and transplanted them into a mineral mix described by Joseph Clemens- 1:1 horticultural sand / turface, with a small amount of iron. I also bought freeze-dried bloodworms, and crumbling one or two up I sprinkled them over the...
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    Flowering Ping

    That's a nice flower. I love the mutant one too. If you pollinate that mutant flower will it result in offspring that have six petals instead? I'd like to cross my cyclosecta and koehres together to make some nice dark blue/violet flowers. (the link images are not my flowers, just examples of...
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    Newbie from socal

    Welcome! So cal is a lovely place. I hope I'll wind up there one day. South Arizona is lovely too, but after living in a desert for a number of years, a more tropical setting sure does look pretty.
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    Ping Troubleshooting

    Thank you, everybody! This is great information. I did order Turface, and I used Joseph Clemen's recipe for a 100% mineral soil mix of sand, turface, and a very small amount of Fe2O3. Fortunately I do have a bottle of pure, ceramic glaze grade oxide lying around, so I using a dentist's spatula...
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    Looking to get into orchids, any recommendations?

    If you try to grow Stapeliads, I've found that they do really well in a very shallow, wide pot, not quite as shallow as a bonsai pot, but definitely something that is wider than deep. I use a chunky cactus soil and then throw in an little bit extra pumice. I also lay a layer of crocking (clay...
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    Ping Troubleshooting

    After reading a bit more about Pings from you guys' recommended websites, and reading glowing remarks about these all mineral mixes containing <Turface/aquatic plant medium>, <sand>, and <iron oxide> I may give that a try for my P. cyclosecta. I'll conduct an experiment today to see how that mix...
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    Newbie from Tucson

    I saw a lot of impressive Nepanthes too. I love looking at them and seeing other people's, but for some reason I am not into growing them myself. I'm more attracted to Sarracenia type pitchers instead... but baby steps. Let me try to get good at Pings first. Jumellea arachnantha looks...
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    Newbie from Tucson

    Hi everyone, I'm an artist from Tucson. I just obtained two Mexican Pings and decided to join this forum in order to learn how to grow them better. I've got lots of experience growing epiphytic orchids, some of the more interesting of which are Angraecum didieri, Jumellea comorensis, and a...
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    Ping Troubleshooting

    Joseph Clemens-I looked at your information thread on Pings, and under the site "A World of Pinguicula", they recommend growing P. cyclosecta in a pure mineral based mixture. The plants may grow slower, but they would develop stronger root systems. Have you ever tried growing pings in pure minerals?
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    Looking to get into orchids, any recommendations?

    I know the perfect orchid for a carnivorous plant grower! Bulbophyllums! Not only are they easy to grow, and thrive under really humid conditions, they produce very bizarre and beautiful flowers that smell anywhere between carrion to mushrooms. When they flower they'll attract food for your...
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    Ping Troubleshooting

    Light levels- At 8:30am I measure 3000fc from direct sunlight.They will get that sort of exposure until 11:30. From dawn that's 6 hours. The rest of the day they receive about 800 foot candles of indirect sunlight reflected from the bright ground outside from the sun moving to the west...
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