As the ‘Merican carnivores (Sarracenia and Dionaea, namely) prepare for another dormancy season, some other plants are looking their best!
I’ve never seen my pings (pinguicula) grow so fast and make such nice color before! It took me a long time to find a spot they were really happy with. My current space is great for full sun or full shade, but not much room in between. But I seemed to have found a sweet spot for pings! Here they get some direct light in the morning and shade for the rest of the day.
The only pinguicula not looking great is my P. gigantea.
I suspect browning heart disease (click at the bottom of the page), as the plant appeared to rot from the center outward. However, two plantlets are growing from this one leaf, so I’m cautiously optimistic for the future! Maybe these babies will live up to their name one day!
And now onto the pygmy Drosera!
Winter is the growing season for pygmy sundews. Why is this? The only explanation I’m able to come up with is they’re Australian and everything is backwards down under. 😉
They do still love lots of light, so mine have been pretty happy over the summer. As long as you keep them wet during the summer months, they won’t go dormant and don’t need to!
Soon they’ll begin producing gemmae, their tiny modified leaves that can be removed and sown like seeds. Gemmae will produce clones of the parent plant. I have a feeling my winter will be busy with lots of pygmy propagation!
My first pygmy sundew was Drosera omissa x pulchella, which I sowed from gemmae in a trade. And it’s really the perfect first pygmy. They get BIG for pygmy sundews and are extremely vigorous growers.
Look at how tiny and sparse these little guys used to be!
And look at them now! Same pot, nine months later.
Drosera scorpioides is getting big and tall, too. Also sown from gemmae acquired from one of my main sundew dealers, Devon of Sundews Etc.
These guys are also one of the bigger of the pygmies and grow a crazy stem! The tallest of these is about 2 inches high.
So who wins the battle of cuteness, pings or pygmies? I just can’t decide, but I suppose that’s why I have both! Do you have a preference of pinguicula or pygmy Drosera? Let me know in a comment!
And thanks for reading! Catch ya next time!