How to Feed a Baby Venus Flytrap


Venus flytraps are unique plants in that they get their nutrients from eating insects. Because of this, they are classified as carnivorous plants. If you choose to raise Venus flytraps in your home, you will want to know how often, and how much to feed them. Feeding baby Venus flytraps too often, or not enough, can result in their death.

Step 1

Look around your house for a spider, fly, or cricket. You can also go outside and locate a caterpillar. Just make sure that the insect you choose is only a quarter of the size of the baby Venus flytrap leaf.

Step 2

Stick the bug in an airtight container and place it in the freezer.

Step 3

Leave it in the freezer just long enough for it to slow down and stop moving. This should take approximately 10 minutes.

Step 4

Remove the insect from the container with a pair of tweezers.

Step 5

Drop the bug inside the Venus flytrap leaf as close to the center as you can get it.

Step 6

Watch for the trap to shut. If the trap doesn't immediately shut when you drop the insect in, you can trigger it yourself. Only do this if you have successfully dropped the food in the leaf. The insect will then start to warm up which will cause it to wiggle around. This will stimulate the Venus flytrap's digestive system.

Step 7

Repeat once every two to four weeks if the Venus flytrap has not caught any of its own food.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not stick your finger, or any other object inside of the Venus flytrap. Tricking the Venus flytrap can result in the flytrap dying off.

Things You'll Need

  • Insects
  • Airtight container
  • Freezer
  • Tweezers


  • Flytrap Growing: What Should I Feed my Flytrap
  • Growing Carnivorous Plants: Venus Flytraps: How to Feed This Carnivorous Plant
Keywords: Venus Flytrap, Venus Flytrap plants, Flytrap plant care

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