How to Keep a Venus Fly Trap Alive


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.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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.

Tips and Warnings

  • Never feed your Venus flytrap ground hamburger or other meat. Animal meats contain too much protein and fat for the plant to digest.

Things You'll Need

  • Peat moss
  • White silica sand
  • Growing pot
  • Tweezers
  • Mealworms


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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.