The plant is a bit late at making its carnivorous rosette, just like it went dormant late into the dark season. I’m hoping for a size jump this year, but I may have to feed it to make it happen.
As a result of the continuous growth in the past few months, the plant has doubled in size. It should start slowing down soon with the short photoperiod and low temperatures. Indoor air is too warm for winter dormancy, so it will stay outside, as long as it doesn’t freeze.
The little Ping has developed a handful of 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, 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 close to a south-facing window, with lots of light but no direct sun. In its habitat, it gets some shade from the tall grass that grows around it.
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 (check out this area: Google Street View). you get the idea!
So 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.