A Venus flytrap is a carnivorous plant often kept as a houseplant. Young plants can be purchased at garden centers and nurseries and are often sold as a novelty item at convenience stores and flea markets. The Venus flytrap grows natively only in North Carolina, but the plant is easy to propagate, which increases their popularity. Watching a Venus flytrap eat is part of their appeal to both children and adults.
Transplant the Venus flytrap from the original growing pot as soon as possible after purchase. Create a mixture of equal part peat moss and silica sand and choose a growing container at least twice the size of the existing pot.
Provide a warm, humid environment for your Venus flytrap. Set the plant on a warm, sunny windowsill or fashion a mini-terrarium for the plant by cutting the bottom out of a large, empty plastic bottle and setting the bottle over the top of the plant.
Keep the soil moist to the touch at all times in the pot. This helps to keep the humidity high around the plant. If necessary, place the pot in a saucer of water to keep the soil moist between watering.
Feed young Venus flytraps every seven to 10 days. Older plants may eat only every two weeks to once a month. Use tweezers to drop a single mealworm into the open mouth of the plant if the plant is young. Drop two or more mealworms if the plant is mature.
Repot the plant into a larger pot every two to three years as the moss portion of the growing medium will break down and shrink.