Pinguicula emarginata

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August 2020

Out of the three plants that I inserted in the xaxim wall, one of them perked up very quickly, and is flowering after only four months! The two others are growing higher up, with probably less moisture around the roots, and are much smaller and weaker.

The specimen located in the milled xaxim bed did well until the leaves pushed down, which elevated the central part of the rosette together with the very short roots… so they are now out of the soil. I’m not sure why the plant did that, but I will transplant it to the xaxim wall.

Pinguicula emarginata in August 2020
The flower and the plant, measuring (barely) 1 and 7 cm, respectively.
Pinguicula emarginata In August 2020
This one can no longer grow here, so it will go onto the wall. I will probably need to take a couple of leaves off in the process, but it’s an opportunity to make cuttings.

April 2020

I was in search for a Pinguicula that would be happy in my tropical highland terrarium. The species suitable for such conditions are rare within this genus, but P. emarginata emerged as a perfect candidate, as confirmed here by butterwort expert Eric Partrat. Contrary to most Mexican Pinguicula, it does not require a dry season nor a particulary mineral substrate, and as an icing on the cake, can flower anytime of the year. I found the species in Plantae’s sale list and chose the pretty “red coloured and big rosette” clone.

The plants are looking good considering the rough two-week long journey they have experienced. Since Michal from Plantae kindly sent me several specimens, I placed them at different locations in the terrarium to see what works best.

Pinguicula emarginata in April 2020
This Pinguicula emarginata will grow in the milled xaxim that lines the bottom of the tank.
Pinguicula emarginata in April 2020
We also have this one planted rather low on the xaxim panel.
Pinguicula emarginata in April 2020
And another one, that will receive the most light, higher up on the xaxim wall.
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