Instructions for Venus Flytrap


The Venus flytrap is a carnivorous plant that produces a snapping trap at the end of the plant stems. The traps close on insects that land inside, then excrete an enzyme that causes the insect to dissolve. These plants grow best in a container since you are able to control the temperature and soil moisture to maintain plant health. Venus flytraps grow outdoors in U.S. Department of Agriculture Hardiness Zones 8 through 10 or indoors in cooler climates since they are susceptible to excessive hot and cold temperatures. Do not poke at the traps or play with the plant as this will weaken the natural snapping mechanism and kill the traps.

Step 1

Select a planting container that has bottom drainage holes and is approximately 3 inches wider in diameter than the plant root system.

Step 2

Fill the planting container with an African violet potting mix and dampen the soil with water. Make a hole in the center of the soil that is approximately 4 inches deep and the width of the bulb.

Step 3

Set the Venus flytrap plant into the hole so the lighter portion of the bulb is set below the soil. Hold the top of the plant while filling the soil around the bulb to hold the plant in place.

Step 4

Apply room temperature water to the soil after planting until water runs out the bottom holes. Provide water to the plant when the soil becomes dry to a depth of 1 inch.

Step 5

Set the Venus flytrap on a tray filled with stones and water to create a humid environment for the plant if there is no humidifier in the room. Do not place the container directly in water, as this will cause the soil to saturate with water and promote plant root rot.

Step 6

Prune the flower stalk from the plant as soon as it appears. This will stimulate the plant to produce more traps. Prune dead or dried traps and leaves as they appear to keep the plant healthy.

Step 7

Divide the Venus flytrap plants every two to three years or when it appears crowded and root bound in the container.

Things You'll Need

  • Planting container
  • African violet potting mix
  • Tray
  • Stones
  • Slow-release houseplant fertilizer
  • Pruning clipper


  • Venus Fly Trap
  • Botanique: Venus Fly Trap Care
  • Botanical Society of America: The Mysterious Venus Flytrap
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Jennifer Loucks has over 10 years of experience as a former technical writer for a software development company in Wisconsin. Her writing experience includes creating software documentation and help documents for clients and staff along with training curriculum. Loucks holds a Bachelor of Science major from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls specializing in animal science and business.