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Can Pinguicula Moctezumae be placed outdoors in summer? Probably in partial sun, like under a small tree?

Hello Craig,

Pinguicula do suffer from leaf burn in direct sunlight, so yes, place them under trees and on covered patios and ensure that they are well protected from pests and curious animals. Make sure to acclimate the plant slowly to changes in light, temperature and humidity when moving it. Place it in slightly brighter positions over time and check the temperatures indoors and outdoors. Each week, graduate it up to conditions a bit more like the one you want the plant to be placed in for a time. This will allow the plant to adapt and for you to detect any signs of distress in the plant and move it back to a more ideal spot.

Make sure the tree you have in mind is very shady so that there will only be some direct sun during the morning shining under its canopy for a couple hours as that would be about ideal. The rest of the day the plant should get plenty of indirect and partial light under the tree canopy. Adjust as you see a need.  

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Christopher Littrell


I am capable of answering questions about the most common carnivorous plants found in cultivation. I have no personal experience with Byblis, Drosophyllum, Aldrovanda, and Heliamphora. I have not cultivated gemmae forming pygmy sundews nor tuberous sundews. For information regarding those aforementioned species, I would suggest contacting other experts. I can answer questions regarding most species of Nepenthes, tropical and temperate Drosera, Mexican Pinguicula, Sarracenias, and Dionaea. I have some limited experience with growing Utricularia, Cephalotus, and Darlingtonia.


I have grown carnivorous plants off and on for about 27 years. I have made the same mistakes and suffered the same mishaps that many growers make as they attempt to separate the myths from the realities of growing these plants. Currently, I am successfully growing a variety of tropical sundews, a Nepenthes, several Venus Flytraps of varying ages, and Sarracenias. I have been successful in stratifying Sarracenia seeds and providing artificial dormancy requirements for my temperate plants when needed.

I hold a Master's degree in Educational Psychology. Over my lifetime, I have constantly read books involving the growing conditions of carnivorous plants. I hope to incorporate the educational aspects involved in psychology with teaching other people how to cultivate carnivorous plants.

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