Hello, I have a P. cyclosecta that I've been growing indoors under LED lights for a year now, and I've made sure to periodically adjust the lighting period to mimic seasonal cycles. At the beginning of December, it started going dormant and began producing its non-carnivorous leaves. I responded by watering it less and not leaving it in standing water. Then, towards the end of January I took a five day vacation a few States over. Before I left home I made sure to water all of my plants well. Without thinking too much about it, I decided to give my cyclosecta extra water since its pot was already dry and I didn't want the soil to get too dry for it. When I came back I noticed that it was producing carnivorous leaves. It had only been dormant for just under two months. Am I correct in assuming that this is too early for it to come out of dormancy and this is a result of the extra watering before I left? Also, now that its coming out of dormancy, should I try to force it back into dormancy by keeping the soil drier, or should I start watering it regularly like with my two homophyllous Mexican pings? I read that its important for the long term health of heterophyllous Mexican pings to be given a proper dormancy period, will this kill my cyclosecta?
They will do as they desire, and most don't go dormant; winter phase is a succulent growth period, not stasis unless it's a bulb-forming species like medusina. The vast majority of mine are either still not in winter phase, or just barely entering it, and they don't always stay in that phase long (or, conversely, some may spend years in winter phase just because they feel like it). If it's reentering summer phase, it will expect more water and will want to grow on as usual. Drying it out again may just see it die. Then length of time it was in winter phase is not obligate like the dormancy requirements of temperate plants. Also, when they enter winter phase, most of the Mexican Pinguicula will do just fine entirely dry for several months.
Oh, thanks for the correction, didn’t realize their winter phase wasn’t a form of dormancy. And thanks for the advice, I’ll start watering it regularly, and I’ll try keeping it even drier next time it enters its succulent phase.