How to Care for a Venus Fly Trap

The Venus Fly Trap is a fantastic plant that is native to the United States and thrives in a habitat where most other plants quickly perish. These interesting carnivorous plants, with leaves that fit to catch insects, have grown in popularity. Whether it’s a window or a reminder, with a little research and a little love and care, you can create your own version of these bizarre and beautiful plants.


How to Care for a Venus Fly Trap

How to Care for a Venus Fly Trap


Get to know a small bit about the traps of Venus flies before buying one. These carnivorous plants consist of two parts – a trunk or “body” of the plant that allows photosynthesizing as a common plant and the blade or blade that helps capture their prey. The leaf blade is the “head” that everyone will recognize – it looks like a green clamshell with some bad and bad “teeth.” These “teeth” are actually hairs that tell the fly trap that there is a tasty insect nearby.

Get your fly trap from a licensed dealer. These plants with proteins are common enough that you can find one in supermarkets or garden centers, but if you want an older plant or more disease resistant, look for a specific nursery that carries them.

There are also online websites that specialize in carnivorous plants. While you may not be able to choose the specific plant you want, they may send you a fly trap for you, as well as provide care information about your plant.

Never pick a trap from the nature fly. They are a rare species and protected by law. You could face a fine or even a prison.



Look for a deep pan so the roots anchor. Venus flytraps have relatively long roots, so they prefer pots that have vertical depth. In general, a pot that gives your plant 4 or 5 inches (10 cm) of root growth space should be good.

Choose an isolated pot. Its roots are also sensitive to temperature changes, so an insulated pot works best. While plastic pots work, you should definitely consider researching your local garden center for insulated pots.

Choose a pot that will filter and absorb nutrients and salts that would otherwise detract from your fly trap. A non-ground terracotta pot is a porous container that will allow your roots to breathe oxygen through the soil and act as a sediment filter into the water.

Having said all this, Venus flytraps are not seriously picky about their pots. Next, You can use a thick terracotta pot with a hole in the base or a bucket with a few holes cut in the bottom of it for drainage.

Corresponds to the soil properties of the natural soil needs of your plant. Mix balance parts of peat moss and perlite. Never use beach sand, which contains nutrient salts. Perlite is a hydrated obsidian form that looks like small pieces of white sand. Perlite helps potted plants maintain moisture. [2]

Native to the marshes and swamps of North and South Carolina, Venus flytraps enjoy high humidity and moist, poor, acid soil. The ideal PH for a Venus flytrap is in the acidic range of 4.9 to 5.3 (most common plants and vegetables prefer a more neutral range of PH 5.8 to 7.2).

Another blending combination that is preferred by some trap producers is five parts of sphagnum peat, three parts of silica sand and two parts of perlite. Silica sand helps with aeration; is known to help plants develop resistance to warmer temperatures and pests, and silica sand (which is quartz) and perlite do not release additional nutrients and minerals into the soil, which is suitable for your carnivorous plant.

Do not use organic or organic soil, as this type of soil will kill the plant by burning plant roots. You should more stay away from fertilizing your flytrap plant, as the fertilizer can also “burn the roots” thus killing your plant. Do not use any enriched soil, such as Miracle-Grow, as it contains fertilizers and highly organic compost.

Let fresh air in and out constantly. You may want to keep the fly trap inside the terrarium to increase the relative humidity in the air, but keep an open opening in the terrarium to allow your plant to use its skills and attract the insects to dinner. Healthy, live, disease-free bugs are the best food for your plant.



Put your fly trap where it will have plenty of direct sunlight. During the growth period, they need 12 hours of light so they can photograph and flower properly. At least four of those hours should be direct sunlight.

Keep in mind that the extra direct sunlight of your plant, the healthier it will be.

Most flytrap cultivars will show reddish pigmentation when they are healthy and happy where they are placed.

Choose a well-lit section in your home away from drafts of air. In addition to needing a lot of light, your trap needs high humidity and protection against breezes or drafts. Keeping your factory inside a sunny area without drafts will usually be ideal.

Observe where sunlight hits during the morning and afternoon hours.

If you are planning to keep your plant indoors, you will need to place it in an east, west, or south-facing window. Remember that the plant should have a minimum of four hours of direct sunlight per day.

You can also grow your plant in an open ventilation terrarium with a plant light or near the fluorescent light. The closer the light to the plant, the healthier the plant.

Consider keeping your plant outdoors. You can also grow it in your marsh garden). Just be sure to put the plant where it will be under direct sunlight and not in nutrient-rich soil.

You can also protect the plant from high winds by placing it near other structures or burning plants.



Know when the growth period of your plant is. From April to October, or whenever you make your plant think it’s spring, it needs plenty of water and sunshine. The period of growth is when your plant will be in full activity; ” picking ” prey, photosynthesizing and producing flowers.

Use only pure water to water your plants. You must never use pure water; distilled water, deionized water, and rainwater are viable options.

By giving your plants, reverse osmosis filtered water is the best choice because most other sources, such as drinking water, already have added minerals for flavor.

Avoid using tap water if you can. There are three central reasons why tap water is bad for your traps.

Tap water contains things like chlorine, sodium, and sulfur (among others) that accumulate in the soil of your plant over time, causing disease and eventually death of the plant.

Most tap water, sources PH levels are in the range of 7.9 to 8.3.

Chlorine kills most living organisms, even beneficial ones.

Test tap water when needed. You can use tap water if you measure the water with a TDS meter (total dissolved solids). Your water has to read less than 50 parts per million (ppm) on the TDS meter so that it is safe for your plant.

Give your plant the necessary water. During the growing season, the soil of your plant should never be parched. Try to maintain your plant’s growing medium so that it is moist to the touch (not soggy). There are 3 ways to watering your plant, each with its own benefits:

The Tray Method: The irrigation tray method is one of the best irrigation methods for an actively growing plant that is in direct sunlight. Your plant must be in a pan that has drainage holes at the bottom. Place the pot on a tray full of water. The growing medium of your plant will absorb water like a wick, giving your plant all the necessary water and increasing moisture around the pot.

Keep in mind, however, that if your pot is comparatively shallow (5 inches or 13 cm), this method can harm your plant because the roots of the plant may be too surrounded by water, causing fungal or bacterial growth.
The Top Method: This is how most plants are watered, you pour or spray water on the soil nearby the plant and let the water run from the bottom of the pot. The soil of your plant should always be moist but not soaked. That means watering your plant two to five times a month during the growth period.

The Double Pot Method: This is the most effective method for growing flies; The second pot that surrounds the smaller terracotta pot in the middle isolates the plant from drastic temperature changes, increases moisture in the air and retains moisture. Just pour water into the second pot on the outside diameter of the middle pan.

The porous terracotta pot in the middle should allow moisture to enter the middle of the pot and filter the extra nutrient salts.

Make sure your plant has enough sunlight. As mentioned earlier, Venus fly traps need at least four hours of direct sunlight during their growth periods. In addition to “eating,” the pitfalls rely on photosynthesis to grow and stay healthy.

Place your plant in a location where you will receive at least 12 hours of sunlight.



Know when the dormant period of your plant is. Between November and March, your plant will go through a dormant phase. The dormant state is when the plant stops producing flowers or growing. Many fly traps die during the dormant period because people continue to take care of them as they did during the normal growth period.

Reduce the amount of water you give your plant. You should not use the water tray method when your plant is in latency; instead, water your plant by hand. While growing traps need lots of water, their need is greatly reduced during the dormant period. Most fly traps only need to be watered every 10 to 14 days.

The soil should become much drier (though never completely dry). The soil straight around the base and roots should be slightly moist while the rest of the soil is dry. Water the plant as you would at any other time, making sure to completely water it.

When you make water from your plant, water it in the morning so it has all day to dry slightly before the cooler night temperatures come in.

Do not overdo your plant – just drizzle when the soil begins to feel dry around the base of the plant. If you give your plant lots of water, bacterial and fungal growths may occur.

Keep your plant in the sunlight. While numbness invites the idea that the plant does absolutely nothing, Venus’ flytraps will continue to photosynthesize during the dormant period. Therefore, your plant should still be exposed to sunlight.

If possible, place your plant inside and place it under strong artificial light for the duration of numbness.

Protect your plant from freezing temperatures if you are growing outdoors. The extent to which you go depends on the climate in which you live, and whether you are growing your plants indoors or outside. If you are growing outdoors, you have two options [4] :

If you are growing your outdoor plant and live in a climate that remains relatively warm (where the temperature usually never plummets below 30 degrees F (-1 degrees C)), you can leave your plant out all year without protection.

If you are growing an outdoor plant where the weather is cooler, there are unusual freezes; you should plant your traps on the ground for the winter (the pots absorb the air temperatures around you). Plant them in a swamp garden, or on the ground that is good for fly traps (see Part One). You should also cover your plants with mulch or leaves to keep them safe from bad weather.

Bring your plants in if you live in a very cold climate. If you live in a place that has frozen prolonged, you will have to bring your traps to Venus flies for the winter. Put in the window of an unheated room like a garage or balcony. This is the best way to keep your plants alive, but dormant indoors. Place your plant in a south-facing window if you can, as this will allow the plant to continue photosynthesizing.



Know that you do not need to feed your plant bugs. You can feed your Venus Flytrap to give you the nutrients you need, or you can add a small amount of nutrient-rich fertilizers to the soil of your Venus fly or mix them occasionally with a spray fertilizer. [5] When Venus Flytraps are outdoors, they catch insects, locusts (and occasionally small animals like frogs) that provide nutrients that will make the plant healthier.

Keep in mind that the trap is sometimes not sealed unless the item you picked up moves. That means you must feed your live prey from the fly trap like flies and mealworms. A useful tip when using live prey is to put the prey in the freezer for a few minutes so that it becomes very slow. You should only feed one or two of the traps of your plants at the same time, and only when the plant is healthy and strong.

If you decide to feed your plant with a dead insect, place the insect in the trap and then gently rub the trap every 20 to 30 minutes until the trap completely seals. Rubbing the trap makes you think that the thing you’ve caught is moving. This is not always necessary, however, as plants also use chemical receptors to close with the presence of nutrients inside the trap.

Do not feed your exotic food plant like pieces of hamburger or cake. This will probably kill the plant, especially if you provide a meat plant because the plant will have a negative reaction to the fat.

Fats and decaying flesh create bacteria that can also damage your fly trap.

Prepare your plant. Grooming your plant helps keep your Venus fly trap healthy. Dead leaves can block the sun from young leaves that need light to grow. The leaves of your plant will turn brown when they die – these are the leaves you want to get rid of. You can cut them when they look brown using a small pair of scissors. Be sure not to cut leaves that are still partially green – these leaves can still photosynthesize.

As the leaves turn brown, they should begin to weaken and detach from the plant. Most of the time, you could just pull them out of the plant. For the harder, the sewing shears work well. You should also be aware that the leaves of the flytrap Venus tend to die in clusters.

Re-pot your plant. If you realize that you plant looks like it is too crowded in your pot, which has split into two (or more) plants, or that dries very fast, it is time to re-pot your plant. Doing so is very much like encapsulating your plant in its original container. Be sure to use the correct soil composition (see Part One).

Try not to touch the traps of your plant. Shooting your plants to close when there is nothing in their traps to “eat” is an unnecessary waste of energy for your plant.

It takes two to three weeks for the trap of a plant to be reopened and again ready to disrupt its potential food.

While it’s good to gently rub the exterior of the traps after you’ve fed an insect, you should limit how much you touch your plant. Never put anything inside your traps except for insects.



Do not throw your factory because it suddenly seems to “die” during the fall and winter seasons – it is simply asleep and will regress in the spring.

Never overload your plants. If they get soaked, the mold can grow, which can easily kill the plant.

In the first few weeks, do not suddenly place direct sunlight for too long. This will kill the plant.

A trap of Venus flies is not a tropical plant. Although it enjoys relatively high humidity, warmer temperatures in the moist air will cause rot and fungi to grow.

Unfortunately, while attracting as much curiosity and international demand as an exotic plant, Dionaea muscipula has been severely affected in nature since the 1980s due to habitat loss, fire extinguishing, and illegal harvesting of humans.

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