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May 2, 2019 10:19 AM CST
Hungary
Hey everyone!

I recently purchased the above mentioned plants online. They came in the mail about 2 weeks ago and they started to deteriorate in the last weeks. I have no idea, what I'm doing wrong so I'd appreciate all the help and tips.

I keep both of them in a south-east window, they get plenty of light from 6.30 until around 3 o'clock, then I turn the UV light on until 10 o'clock. They are not standing in water currently, but their soil is always wet. I've repotted the Pingu because the soil seemed very thick. I replaced it with a mix of sand, perlit and peat moss, with the sand and perlit being dominant. Also the sandersonii got some fresh soil because the pot it came in, was a bit damaged.

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Thanks in advance!
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Jun 16, 2019 1:53 PM CST
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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I initially grew my PIngs indoors in standing water using distilled water. I was hesitant at first to bring it outdoors due to our excessively hot and dry conditions here. Then I found out they can tolerate very well our outdoors provided they are in shade, and during the hot days, it will take even our tap water, making sure I water early in the day before the dry heat becomes more intense. It enjoyed our wet winters too, so that was an eye opener for me. But my media has always been very well draining and gritty, as if I am growing a regular succulent.

The southeast window location for your plant, may be too harsh. Do you have sheer white curtains to filter it out? I never used nor added sand to my media, just cacti mix and pumice, with more pumice actually.

Pings usually have a period of time where it is more like a succulent, then a time when those leaves are sticky. So be very careful with overwatering. When grown as a succulent, it does not need to be too dry, but it needs protection from too much sun. Filtered light, part sun is better with the sun aspect ideally more on morning sun.

Sorry I do not have experience growing Utricularia.
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Jun 21, 2019 6:42 AM CST
Name: Tommy
Hudson Valley of N.Y.
I put my Sandersonii in a container that is half filled with rainwater. Bright west window. I have both the typical form and the 'blue" form. The typical is a more prolific bloomer. The 'blue' form is more stubborn.
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Jun 23, 2019 1:25 PM CST
Hungary
Thank you both!

Since I posted the pictures, both of the plants started to look a lot better! Smiling Pingu has more and more leaves, and it catches bugs nicely. I realized that I kept my sandersonii waaayyy to dry. It is in standing water every day, and I was surprised to see that it kind of filled the pot with little green leaflets.
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Jun 23, 2019 1:36 PM CST
Name: tarev
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It takes awhile to notice their quirks Smiling Good growing! Thumbs up
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Sep 10, 2021 6:53 AM CST
Name: Jioshi
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Utricularia looks like sunburn. It likes light shade.
Make sure to use water of less than 50 ppm.
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