Propagating Pings!

Who doesn’t like Pinguicula? Not only do you get the elegant beauty that comes with the thought of flowers, but you also get the violent gore of gnats and flies struggling to get away from the enchanting leaves and the dead insect corpses left there.

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Pings are one of the easiest carnivorous plants to propagate. Anyone who has had a Ping for at least a year knows that there are two forms of pings, the carnivorous stage and the succulent stage. A lot of times, after a Ping flowers, it will divide itself up and you may or may not pull apart the clumps of it, but if you don’t want to wait for it to propagate itself, the best time to do it yourself is during the succulent stage!

 

Pinguicula Pullings!

You can tell your Ping is in the succulent stage when the leaves are no longer as large and full, and they no longer have the sticky dew they have during the grow season. This is your chance to get more Ping babies!

It is easiest to do pullings of leaves when the plant is unpotted, but it is not impossible to do it on a potted ping.

 

I tend to pull the older lower leaves off, they are easier to pull off and the crown comes off more easily with them.

Whether potted or unpotted, take a lower/older leaf of your choosing, and pull down, trying your best to get the middle crown of the Ping off with the leaf.

I don’t want to tell you how many leaves to pull or not to pull, do it at your own discretion.

I will say, there have been false alarms where I think a Ping is sick, and pull off practically all its leaves, and it ends up being perfectly fine (although I’m sure the plant is at least a little shocked to be totally leafless).

 

After you’ve taken your pullings, you may now place them onto a media of your choosing, this can be from pure long fibered sphagnum moss, peat moss, vermiculate, turface, etc. Do not stick the ends of the leaf into the soil. Simply place them on top and let them do their thing.

If they are viable, they will stay plump and eventually produce plantlets, if not they will wither and brown.

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Here’s what a strike on the end of a leaf looks like!

 

Give your Ping pulling time! Some species strike much slower and grow a lot slower than others. For example, my P. laueana pullings take forever to strike, where a P. moranensis pulling takes a week.

 

I have experimented with using Rooting Hormone and have not found it to produce plantlets any faster or more consistently than by just doing a natural plain pulling.

 

I keep my pullings in higher humidity until they begin striking. It causes them to grow faster, once I get a small plant, I will acclimate them to outside humidity. Adult Pinguicula do not need high humidity. There is sometimes a misconception that Pings need higher humidity to survive, this isn’t true, they do perfectly fine in low humidity.

Another strike :)
Another strike :)

 

De-Clumping Pinguicula!

Example of a clump of Pings!
Example of a clump of Pings!

Post-flowering, your Ping may divide itself into 2,3, or way too many plants that looks like a Siamese mass of Pings. Dividing this clump may seem daunting, but its super easy and Pings are a more forgiving plant in comparison to some of the other carnivores.

Another Ping clump!
Another Ping clump!

This time you will have to unpot your Ping, but don’t worry, they quickly acclimate into beautiful single plants once you’ve un-Siamesed them.

Here’s what you need to do:

 

  1. Hold the clump
  2. Choose the plant that looks easiest to remove from the clump
  3. Pinch around the area where the Ping connects to the middle (try to get some roots in there)
  4. Pull away from the rest of the clump
  5. Repeat 1-4 for the rest of the divisions in the clump!

 

Super easy! Once you have divided them, plant them with their roots down into the soil. Within a few weeks there will be tons of new growth and you’ll see your Ping get larger and more beautiful with the newfound space it has!

I made a short video on how to declump your Pings just so you have a better idea of how I do it!

Please leave any questions, comments or concerns below! Hope this helps first time Pinguiculators in their exciting Ping adventures.

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2 comments

  1. Kristel says:

    My ping currently has like 2 babies beside it. Would you recommend separating them when they’re a little bit older? or separating them as babies is just fine?

    Also I’ve ready that dividing plants are only best during dormancy period. (I’m not sure about this) so does reporting the newly separated pings in spring or summer still ok to do?

    • Lulu Megan says:

      Hi Kristel! I would recommend waiting on dividing the two babies. When Pings are still very small their leafs fall off SUPER easily. I personally leave them alone unless it’s absolutely necessary to move them for whatever reason.
      As for the dividing during the succulent stage, everyone has their personal opinions probably due to good or bad experiences they’ve had. I’ve always divided my Pings just as they come out of dormancy (when they’ve finally got a fresh batch of carnivorous leafs) and never had any issues. I feel that when they’re dormant, the leafs are smaller and more compacted together so it’s a little more difficult to pull them apart in a clean fashion. My personal opinion is that they’re starting to grow faster at this time so they will begin to mature into a larger single plant more quickly than if done while still completely dormant. Again, all my personal opinion haha, hope this helps you figure out your plants 🙂 (I’ve never had any drawbacks with dividing when they’ve broken dormancy)

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