Tag: pinguicula

I guess the Pinguicula was hungry

Last night my Pinguicula laueana caught itself some type of moth for dinner. I’m pretty impressed because until today it has only caught gnats and fruit flies. I genuinely didn’t think they were sticky enough to catch anything bigger than that.

Both of my Pinguicula love the humid Danish summer and grow at the speed of light right now. If distilled water wasn’t so expensive and hard to find, I would have a mountain of Pinguicula to protect me from all of the little annoying critters out there.

Pinguicula cleanup

People like to ask me what I do in my spare time because I don’t watch TV. This is just one of many satisfying spare time activities I can come up with. Removing dead winter leaves from my Pinguicula laueana and Pinguicula “Tina”. The dead leaves just pop off, all in one go, when you pull them and you’re left with a happy, clean bowl of gnat-munchers.

The leaves on both of my plants have just turned sticky and carnivorous after a winter with dry, succulent leaves. Now I’m just waiting for the next gnat infestation, so my plants have something to eat.

My Pinguicula “Tina” (Mexican Butterwort)

My Pinguicula “Tina” (Mexican Butterwort) is currently in its winter non-carnivorous stage (second pic) and I decided to try and propagate some of its leaves. The last couple of years I had big problems with fruit flies and gnats, so I’m going to place a Ping or two in every window. These things are savage when it comes to catching little bugs! The first pic is my Ping a couple of years ago during a bad fruit fly infestation.

You can propagate these just like succulents, but the leaves like to be kept in a humid environment. I picked a few leaves during the plant’s non-carnivorous stage, placed them on top of some moist soil (osmosis/rain water works best) without fertilizer, bagged them and placed them under my grow lights. 
A week later I saw the first root poke out and now, 2 months in, most of the leaves have grown cute little clones of the mother plant!