How to Grow Venus Fly Traps From Bunches

Overview

A Venus' flytrap is a fascinating plant for both avid gardeners and those who just want to observe its actions, such as children in a classroom. Since they require little maintenance, this plant variety makes an ideal houseplant and is safe to grow around pets and children. These plants grow most successfully when grown in bunches. Keep in mind some important steps when growing Venus' flytraps to ensure their optimum growth.

Step 1

Fill the small planter pot with good-quality potting soil.

Step 2

Sprinkle about 20 to 25 Venus' flytrap seeds over the top of the soil. Lightly press them into the soil with your finger, being careful not to press them too deeply.

Step 3

Mist the soil's top with distilled water. Continue to spray the soil until it is wet enough that water is draining through the bottom of the planter pot.

Step 4

Keep the the planted Venus' flytrap seeds where they will be exposed to a temperature of around 75 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. This plant thrives in warm weather.

Step 5

Observe the plant and continue to water it daily with the spray bottle for about two to three weeks. At this time, germination should have begun and the bunching stems will be emerging from the soil. Now you need to transplant each flytrap to the larger planter pots. Prepare the soil in these pots as before and poke a 1/2-inch-deep hole into the soil.

Step 6

Remove each plant carefully with a wet toothpick digging around the base, and set it into the new hole. You can plant about three Venus' flytraps in each pot.

Step 7

Keep a dish of water underneath each pot to soak moisture up into the soil. Spray water on the top of the soil if the plants ever look dry.

Step 8

Keep the plants out of direct sunlight, but in a warm area. It feeds itself on its own by catching insects, and Venus' flytraps' can live for months without eating if necessary. During the winter, the plant does not need to eat and you should not feed it.

Step 9

Prune back with pruning scissors any dead leaves, stems or heads at any time.

Things You'll Need

  • 5-inch-deep pot with drainage holes
  • Good-quality potting soil
  • Spray bottle
  • Distilled water
  • Flower pots, about 8 inches deep and tall with drainage holes
  • Toothpick
  • Flower pot dishes
  • Pruning scissors

References

  • The Garden Helper: The Venus Fly Trap
  • FlyTrapCare: Growing Venus Flytraps from Seeds
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