Problem pings

Moose

Sprout
The first ping I ever purchased is at the top of the pic. It was about 5x the size it is now. The plant has actually shrunk.

I purchased another from Willie. It was beautiful red. Now it’s smaller and green.

They aren’t really growing. They are mostly just sitting there doing nothing.

The zoomed up pic (different ping from Willie) has roots coming out the top and it’s falling over. Is this normal? Leave as is? Or pull it apart?

I am using a full spectrum LED light. It’s a white light. Do I need a different color to get the red? Even the sundews are green.

How do you control (or do you control) the succulent phase vs the carnivorous phase?

I have the pings on my window.


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WillyCKH

CPSC Moderator
Staff member
I agree, the lighting may not be bright enough. I grow mine under white LED full spec as well, I use about 30w+ per tray (1x2 ft) at distance of about 12in from light to soil surface.
 

jeff

Carnivorous Plant Addict
lack of light indeed.
go outside in the shade, they will become normal again ;)
substrate still moist but not dewatered
for the release of the dormancy (which takes place here from October to the end of May) I start by gradually watering by small touches in April - May, then I take them out from the end of May to October, by watering them every 15 days ( to maintain a moist substrate, no more), always in the shade or in the morning sun, sheltered from the rain to avoid a rinsing of the mucilage, the goal is that they behave like real carnivores with insect catch.
 

Moose

Sprout
I'll go with lack of light too.
Raise it slowly.
By the way, your LFS looks rather dry.
I’m starting to think soil is better than LFS. When it’s wet, it molds. I try to keep it dry so it doesn’t mold. I water right on the plant and avoid getting the rest wet. Bad?
 

Moose

Sprout
lack of light indeed.
go outside in the shade, they will become normal again ;)
substrate still moist but not dewatered
for the release of the dormancy (which takes place here from October to the end of May) I start by gradually watering by small touches in April - May, then I take them out from the end of May to October, by watering them every 15 days ( to maintain a moist substrate, no more), always in the shade or in the morning sun, sheltered from the rain to avoid a rinsing of the mucilage, the goal is that they behave like real carnivores with insect catch.
In the summer period (carnivorous period), which is the wet season, you only water every 15 days? What do you do in the dry season?

Never realized there could be so much light exposure outside in the shade. Will try it out.
 

Moose

Sprout
I agree, the lighting may not be bright enough. I grow mine under white LED full spec as well, I use about 30w+ per tray (1x2 ft) at distance of about 12in from light to soil surface.
What do you think I could do to increase the light? Here’s the current setup. I could put in another lamp or one of those stands with a hook on the top and hang a bright LED from that? Also, up above there’s some of that old style tube lighting. Do you think they make grow light LEDs that would be a direct replacement? Something that just slides right in without doing any electrical work with the ballasts.
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WillyCKH

CPSC Moderator
Staff member
I've seen a few marketed as direct replacement but it still require electrical work to bypass the ballast, unfortunately.
I'd put in a few more desk lamps if that's easier, and plug them into one power bar which would be attached to a timer switch.
 

Moose

Sprout
I've seen a few marketed as direct replacement but it still require electrical work to bypass the ballast, unfortunately.
I'd put in a few more desk lamps if that's easier, and plug them into one power bar which would be attached to a timer switch.
I’m going to have an electrician come out and look at some stuff under the house. Maybe I should add this to the list.
 

jeff

Carnivorous Plant Addict
in a carnivorous season ( may to october ) we must always have a wet substrate not soggy for the Mexican, here I recharge water substrate every 15 days finally when there is no heat wave.

in dry season ( in winter here in europe ) I keep the substrate dry (or just wet without more to avoid desiccation)in a bright room at 8-12 ° c.
always ask the question how do they 'in situ', in nature there is no extra light ;)
 
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