How to Grow Venus Flytraps at Home


The Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) is a carnivorous plant that gets its nutrients from trapping and eating flies and other insects. The outside of the flytrap is green but the center is red, to attract insects. Once an insect lands in the flytrap, the tiny hairs on the flytrap are triggered and the trap closes. Venus flytraps naturally grow in North and South Carolina, but you can also grow them as a houseplant.

Step 1

Place a mixture of sphagnum moss and sand in your aquarium or fish bowl. A glass container will allow you to control the humidity better.

Step 2

Dig a hole in the middle of your soil and place your Venus flytrap bulb with the roots facing down.

Step 3

Water the soil in the aquarium or fish bowl until it is moist. Don't make it soggy.

Step 4

Install a fluorescent plant light 4 to 7 inches above your Venus flytrap bulb. Keep it on 12 hours during the day.

Step 5

Keep your Venus flytrap in a warmer location. According to Botanique, Venus flytraps must remain in temperatures between 45 and 98 degrees F.

Step 6

Continue to keep the soil moist, and the plant light on during the day until your Venus flytrap grows into a full plant. You can then feed your Venus flytrap an insect once every couple of months if it does not catch its own prey.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not add lime to your Venus flytrap's soil--it will kill the flytrap.

Things You'll Need

  • Venus flytrap bulb
  • Aquarium or fish bowl
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Sand
  • Fluorescent plant light


  • Botanique: Caring for the Venus Flytrap
  • Botanical Society of America: The Mysterious Venus Flytrap

Who Can Help

  • Better Business Bureau
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