How to Winter Venus Flytraps in the Refrigerator


The scientific name for a Venus flytrap plant is Dionaea muscipula. This plant is considered carnivorous because it eats insects. The trap remains open until an insect lands inside of it. The Venus flytrap's tiny hairs are touched by the insect, causing the trap to close and entrap the insect. The Venus flytrap then digests the insect. During the winter, this plant becomes dormant. Those who keep Venus flytraps in their home can set their plants in the refrigerator during this time.

Step 1

Collect some rainwater and then pour it over some sphagnum moss. Let it soak for 20 minutes and then wring the moss out.

Step 2

Set your moss in the bottom of a flat, wide container.

Step 3

Remove your Venus flytrap plants from their containers. Make sure you remove all of the roots. Shake the plant a little bit to get rid of the dirt. If some dirt still remains, rinse the plant off under a faucet of slow running water.

Step 4

Remove any rotten Venus flytraps. You can do this with a regular pair of scissors. You will know that the flytrap is rotten if it has turned brown or black.

Step 5

Set your Venus Flytraps in the container on top of the moss.

Step 6

Take your container outside and spray it with fungicide. You need to do this before you place your Venus flytraps in the refrigerator or mold will grow on them.

Step 7

Place the lid on your container and set it in the refrigerator. If you can fit it in one of your vegetable drawers, put it in there. Let it sit until spring.

Tips and Warnings

  • Your Venus flytrap may grow mold during the winter. It is best if you check it once per month, and apply more fungicide if needed.

Things You'll Need

  • Sphagnum moss
  • Rainwater
  • Wide, flat container with a sealable lid
  • Venus flytraps
  • Fungicide
  • Refrigerator


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