Venus Flytrap Instructions for Planting in a Terrarium


A terrarium offers the Venus flytrap plant an almost ideal growing environment. Venus flytraps and other carnivorous plants require high humidity and moisture to thrive outside their natural habitat. Choose a Venus flytrap 1 to 3 inches in height to transplant into the terrarium. The size of the Venus flytrap will determine how large a terrarium you will need.

Step 1

Fill the bottom 1/4 inch of the terrarium with pea gravel or pebbles.

Step 2

Mix together equal amounts of peat moss and white silica sand in a bucket or large bowl. A Venus flytrap does not grow well in regular potting soil.

Step 3

Wet this mixture thoroughly. Grab a handful of the mixture and squeeze to remove excess water. Place the mixture into the bottom of the terrarium. Continue this process until you have filled the terrarium with 3 to 4 inches of the growing medium. For a smaller terrarium use at least 1 1/2 inches of the growing medium.

Step 4

Remove the Venus flytrap from its existing pot. Gently shake off the original soil from the root of the plant.

Step 5

Scoop a hole into the growing medium deep enough to bury the roots. Depending on the size of the terrarium opening, you can use a spade, a spoon or any utensil, such as a pencil or chopstick, that can fit in the opening.

Step 6

Place the root of the plant into the growing medium and cover with additional soil.

Step 7

Keep the lid off the terrarium until the leaves of the plant have dried, if it became wet during the transplant process. Remove the lid for a day, at least once a week, to allow airflow to reach the Venus flytrap.

Things You'll Need

  • Pea gravel
  • Peat moss
  • White silica sand
  • Bucket or large bowl


  • University of Missouri: Terrariums
  • Texas A&M University: Venus Fly Trap
  • Ohio State University: "Feed Me Seymour!" Carnivorous Plants All Bark, No Bite
Keywords: Venus fly trap, terrarium growing, terrarium planting

About this Author

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.