Thursday, January 21, 2016

D. ramellosa is back (and other surprises)!

Aw yeah check this action out:

Drosera ramellosa.
Drosera ramellosa (finally) emerging from dormancy.
I was sure I had lost all of my winter-growing sundews. I started hydrating them back in late October, and after almost 3 months of nothing I had pretty much given up hope. But here we are! Now I need to feed this guy aggressively to try and get some good tuber development. Nothing yet from Drosera rupicola or Drosera cistiflora, but I'm still holding out hope.

In terms of other surprises, my Pinguicula 'Aphrodite' is blooming for the first time.

Pinguicula 'Aphrodite'.
That color is absolutely unreal.
It's also looking like, fantastic right now. This is one of my favorite pings, easy. I'm excited to see the flower!

The Pinguicula lusitanica that started blooming back in November ripened, spilled a bunch of seed (I managed to collect some), and has already germinated.

Pinguicula lusitanica and seedlings.
And so it begins.
Look at all the little babies! You can see the dead mother plant there to the right of the large plant. Barry Rice said that this species could be an "entertaining little weed" and I think I agree with him! I'm considering making an outdoor mixed bog at some point, and this would be a great species to just toss thither and yon.

Finally, my Pinguicula rotundiflora × hemiepiphytica. I didn't feature this plant in my recent year-to-year comparison post, (because I didn't have it last January) but I should have. Look at this!

P. rotundiflora × hemiepiphytica less than a year ago.
P. rotundiflora × hemiepiphytica, March 2015.
P. rotundiflora × hemiepiphytica today.
P. rotundiflora × hemipiphytica, January 2016.
 That's like, 10 months of growth. Incredible little hybrid! This is why you shouldn't be afraid of getting pings as very small starts – they grow in just fine.

Exciting day over all I think.


  1. My 'Aphrodite' and 'Gigantea' have thrown up 3 flowers each in the past month!
    Love your blog!

    1. I'm glad you like my blog! I can't wait for my P. gigantea to flower again, the purple-on-green is so pretty.

  2. You HAVE to tell me where you got that P. rotundiflora × hemiepiphytica, or you have to get a pulling going for me. That is seriously one of the most beautiful pings I have ever seen

  3. What media mix do you use for your pings? Specifically the rotundiflora x hemiepiphytica? I'm debating using an all mineral mix or a more traditional ping mix

    1. I just use a standard peat:sand mix, plus a bit of pumice mixed in until it feels a bit lighter. I don't know anything about all mineral mixes. Which mix you use is more a question of what your conditions are rather than what an individual plant needs.

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