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How to Plant Venus Flytrap Seeds

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Overview

Venus flytraps are carnivorous plants that are native to humid areas of the southeast. They can be propagated from roots or seeds, which appear in late spring or early summer depending on the locale. Many locations have regulations concerning the harvesting of seeds from the wild, so check with your local county extension agent. Venus flytrap seeds can be purchased online, at local nurseries and greenhouses.

Step 1

Mix equal amounts of peat moss and perlite.

Step 2

Fill a 6-inch growing pot with the peat mixture.

Step 3

Sprinkle Venus flytrap seeds on the top of the soil. Press the seeds gently into the top of the peat mixture, but do not cover them with soil.

Step 4

Fill a spray bottle with distilled water and spray the soil mixture until water drips from the bottom of the growing pot.

Step 5

Cut off the bottom portion of a 2-liter soda bottle. Leave the cap on the top of the bottle to create a mini-greenhouse for the seeds.

Step 6

Place the open end of the soda bottle over the top of the 6-inch pot.

Step 7

Check the soil mixture weekly for moisture. Water with the spray bottle as needed to keep the peat mixture moist to the touch.

Step 8

Transplant the seedlings to individual pots after two to three weeks of growth in the germination pot. Continue to use the soda bottle greenhouse to keep the plants moist and humid until they are well-established in the pots.

Things You'll Need

  • Peat moss
  • Perlite
  • 6-inch growing pot
  • Distilled water
  • Spray bottle
  • 2-liter soda bottles

References

  • Flytrapcare: Growing Venus Flytraps from Seed
  • Flytrapcare: Soil for Venus Fly Traps
  • Iowa State University: How Does One Care for a Venus Flytrap?
Keywords: grow venus flytrap, venus flytrap seeds, grow carnivorous plants

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G. K. Bayne is a freelance writer, currently writing for Demand Studios where her expertise in back-to-basics, computers and electrical equipment are the basis of her body of work. Bayne began her writing career in 1975 and has written for Demand since 2007.