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How to Repot a Venus Flytrap

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Overview

Venus flytraps (Dionaea muscipula) are, in fact, real plant, not myths, as some people believe. And yet, surprising to some others, they are native to the United States, specifically the North and South Carolina areas. Venus flytraps, as their name suggests, are carnivorous plants that eat flies and other insects by luring them into their traps using the sweet-smelling nectar. If your Venus flytrap has outgrown its current pot, then repotting is necessary. Repot your Venus flytrap in the early spring before the growing season begins.

Step 1

Take your Venus flytrap out of its current container. Squeeze the sides of the pot, turn it on its side, and tug gently at the plant's base to remove it. If you pot is not pliable, take a knife and run it between the soil and pot to separate them. Carefully turn it on its side and pull at the base of the plant to take it out of the pot.

Step 2

Gently remove the soil from the roots of the plant. Swirl the roots in a bowl of water to get the rest of the soil off.

Step 3

Fill another pot with one part sand and two parts peat moss. Fill it close to the top. It will settle after you water it.

Step 4

Dig a hole large and deep enough to accommodate the Venus flytrap's roots. Spread the roots out and pack in the soil around the roots. The top of the plant should be planted at the same depth as it was before.

Step 5

Pack down the soil gently and water the newly potted plant until the soil is thoroughly moist. If any water drains out the drainage hole, dump it out.

Things You'll Need

  • Knife
  • Peat moss
  • Sand
  • Container
  • Water

References

  • FlyTrapCare.com: How Do I Plant or Repot a Venus Fly Trap?
  • PitcherPlant.com: Caring for the Venus' Fly Trap
  • Texas A&M University: Venus Fly Trap
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Melissa Lewis has been a professional writer since 2005. Her work has appeared in various online publications. A former elementary classroom teacher and media specialist, Lewis is also a script writer, with a movie script, "Homecoming," she co-wrote currently in production. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.

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