How to Take Care of Fly Trap Plant

Overview

If you would like more entertainment value from your plants, growing a Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) could be the solution. These carnivorous plants trap flying insects with small trigger hairs on the inner blades of small, green traps. The plant quickly collapses the edges of its traps around the insects and digests them to obtain nitrogen. Keep these plants healthy by providing conditions similar to those in their natural habitat.

Step 1

Plant the Venus flytrap in a terrarium to provide adequate levels of humidity. Place about 1 inch of fine gravel on the bottom of the terrarium. Mix equal parts of peat moss with clean sand to form a well-drained planting medium. Make this layer equal to the depth of the soil surrounding the roots of the flytrap.

Step 2

Scoop a large hole out of the center of the soil layer. Set the base of the rootball into the hole. Fill in the edges with the displaced soil, keeping the surface of the rootball even with the surface of the rest of the soil in the terrarium. Firmly press down the soil over the roots.

Step 3

Water the Venus flytrap every three to five days, keeping the soil slightly damp.

Step 4

Insert the tip of a siphon through the potting soil to the bottom layer of gravel in the terrarium. Gently siphon out the moisture.

Step 5

Place the flytrap in a sunny location with a temperature between 45 and 98 degrees F.

Step 6

Gather one or two small insects, dead or alive, to feed to the flytrap every two to three weeks if the plant doesn't catch its own. Feed plants that don't receive insects with a nitrogen-based fertilizer specifically for houseplants. Follow the dosing instructions on the fertilizer label.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid disturbing the roots of the flytrap when inserting and removing the siphon from the soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Gravel
  • Terrarium
  • Peat moss
  • Sand
  • Siphon

References

  • Pitcher Plant: Caring for the Venus' Fly Trap
  • Palomar College: Carnivorous Plants
  • "Botanica's Gardening Encyclopedia"; Susan Page; 2001

Who Can Help

  • Flytrap Growing: Habitat
Keywords: Venus flytrap, flytrap houseplant, grow carniverous plants

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