The Venus Flytrap is a carnivorous perennial plant that grows from a bulb. Folding traps form at the end of the leaves and will close on insects that land. The plant is outdoor hardy in USDA growing zones 8 through 10 but prefers to grow in a container where you can regulate the temperature, sunlight and soil moisture. Venus Flytraps grow best in an area with a temperature of 50 to 75 degrees F with high humidity and morning sunlight to prevent foliage burn.
Plant the Venus Flytrap in a container that has drainage holes and is 2 to 3 inches wider than the bulb root system.
Fill the container with an even mixture of peat moss, perlite and sphagnum moss or use an African violet potting mix. Dampen the soil with water and create a hole that is 1 and 1/2 inches wide and 4 inches deep.
Set the bulb into the hole so the lighter part is below the soil level. Hold the plant while closing soil around the bulb. Tamp the soil to hold the plant in place.
Water the Venus flytrap after planting. Continue to provide water to the plant once the top layer of soil becomes dry to the touch. Use warm water to prevent shocking the plant.
Set the container on top of a tray filled with stones and water to increase the humidity around the plant. Do not set the container directly in water as this will promote root rot.
Fertilize the Venus Flytrap plant each spring with a slow release fertilizer. The plant receives most of its nutrients from the insects it ingests.
Remove the flower stalk as soon as it appears to stimulate additional trap formation. Prune dead traps and leaves as soon as they appear.
Propagate additional Venus flytrap plants by dividing the bulb sections in spring. Remove the plant from the growing container and pull apart bulbs that have grown off the main bulb. Plant the divided bulbs as listed in Steps 1, 2 and 3.