Pinguicula ‘Kirkbright’

I ordered some plants at plantae.sk and received Pinguicula moranensis ‘Kirkbright’ as a gift, which is spot on—I like pink-leaved butterworts! The full story of this cultivar is available at pinguicula.org. While P. moranensis often grows in rather wet areas, the mother of all ‘Kirkbright’ plants was found on a very dry soil in a place where even cacti seemed to suffer from heat and drought. According to the location information given in the article linked above, it was somewhere around here: Google Street View. You get the idea.

July 2019

The little Ping has developed a few carnivorous leaves. From their size, it seems to be a very young plant, which I am totally fine with.

Given that its natural habitat is very sunny (see above introduction), I tried to get it accustomed to direct sunlight. While it suffered from no apparent sunburn, the foliage went from pretty pink to pale orange, and more importantly, it almost stopped growing. So I took the plant back indoors near a south-facing window, with lots of light but no direct sun. In its habitat, it most probably gets some shade from the tall grass that grows around it.

Pinguicula moranensis 'Kirkbright', young summer rosette
The few marks here and there on some leaves may have been caused by the intense light, but they appeared after the exposure.

May 2019

I potted the plant in a 100% mineral soil composed of perlite, vermiculite and fine sand, in equal parts, with a topping of quartz gravel. The plant is still in the winter, small-rosetted stage.

Pinguicula moranensis 'Kirkbright' in a cement pot
I went mineral all the way down to the pot itself.
Pinguicula moranensis 'Kirkbright' close-up
Some new leaves are coming in and will form the summer carnivorous rosette.

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