In this blog, we will go into detail about the essential care to get a healthy and happy Pinguicula. Among other things, we will talk about light, water, temperature, nutrition, and repotting.
Pinguicula, also known as the fat leaf, is a beautiful and fascinating carnivorous plant known mainly for its sticky leaves. The Pinguicula species can be found in North, Central and South America, but also in Europe and Asia. \
How much water does my Pinguicula need?
Compared to other carnivorous plants, Pinguicula does not need much water. The soil does not have to be constantly wet, as this species is more susceptible to root rot. So here you only need to keep the soil slightly moist. Always use distilled, demineralised or rainwater to water your Pinguicula. Tap water contains too many harmful minerals which the plant absorbs and which can cause problems in the long run.
What about temperature and humidity?
The largest number of Pinguicula species grow best at a temperature between 17 and 24 degrees Celsius. Most Pinguicula species prefer a cooler environment for their resting period, however, the species we offer are not hardy but tropical. Therefore, we recommend keeping your Pinguicula indoors in winter. Would you like to put your Pinguicula outside in summer? Then keep in mind that the temperature at night should not drop below 17 degrees Celsius.
It is important for Pinguicula to have constant humidity available. This is very important for growth. Would you like an indication of how high the humidity level should be? This is between 40 and 70 per cent. If you cannot provide this, a humidifier near your Pinguicula will do the trick.
Should I repot my Pinguicula?
It is important to repot your Pinguicula every year or two. This ensures that your plant always has enough room to grow and it also refreshes the nutrient-poor soil. When repotting, always keep a mixture of 50% peat and 50% perlite ready and use this to put the plant in.
Repot your Pinguicula preferably at the end of its dormant period, when the plant reawakens and is ready to start growing. Make sure the roots are not damaged and carefully remove the old potting soil before you repot the plant into a new pot. When you have repotted the plant and it has the energy to grow, the plant can reward you with a beautiful flower.