How to Grow a Venus Flytrap From Seed

Overview

The Venus flytrap is a carnivorous plant often kept as a novelty houseplant. According to the University of Missouri, this tiny plant snaps shut when the hairs inside the trap are triggered by movement, trapping small flies and insects inside. Once triggered, the trap closes and remains closed for up to two weeks. Each plant trap has a limit of three or four closures. After this, it no longer responds to triggers and remains open. Feed Venus flytraps small insects once every 10 days for optimal health. Insects larger than 1/3 the size of the trap will decay and kill the plant

Step 1

Fill a tray or flat with moist seed starter. Press seeds gently into the surface of the seed starter. Crumble peat moss between your fingers and sprinkle it over the seeds to cover them lightly.

Step 2

Water the tray until water runs freely through the bottom. Cover the tray with plastic food wrap to maintain humidity and prevent drying.

Step 3

Place the tray in a warm area that receives indirect sunlight. Direct sunlight causes the seeds to overheat and may prevent germination.

Step 4

Open the plastic daily to allow air circulation and prevent soil from becoming too soggy. Venus trap seeds require wet conditions until they germinate, but soggy soil invites mold and other disease. Leave the plastic open for 20 to 30 minutes.

Step 5

Keep the soil evenly damp until seeds germinate in four to six weeks. Seeds germinate at different rates; some may germinate within four weeks, while others may take two months or more.

Step 6

Reduce water to keep the soil slightly moist. Move the young seedlings to a sunny location. Transplant to individual pots when seedlings are two to three weeks old and have a second set of true leaves.

Things You'll Need

  • Seed starter
  • Plant trays
  • Mister
  • Plastic food wrap
  • 4-inch pots

References

  • Fly Trap Care: Growing Venus Flytraps from Seed
  • University of Wisconsin: Save the Venus Flytrap (Dionaea muscipula)
  • University of Missouri Bioweb: Venus Flytrap Fun Facts

Who Can Help

  • North Carolina State University Extension: Carnivorous Plants, Venus Flay Trap
Keywords: grow Venus flytrap, Venus flytrap seeds, propagate Venus flytrap

About this Author

Nannette Richford is an avid gardener, teacher and nature enthusiast with 4 years experience in online writing and a lifetime of personal journals. She is published on various sites, including Associated Content. Richford holds a Bachelor of Science in secondary education from the University of Maine Orono and certifications in 7-12 English, K-8 General Elementary and Birth to age 5.