Venus Fly Trap Care Instructions

Overview

Venus flytraps are not like your average plant. These plants actually eat insects instead of just getting all their nutrition from the soil. That makes them carnivorous plants. You can recognize a Venus flytrap by its two green open leaves that have a pink center. The pink color attracts the insects. Once the insects are inside the leaves, the leaves close and trap the insects. Since Venus flytraps are different that most plants, you must learn how to properly care for them if they are to survive.

Step 1

Water your Venus flytrap plant with distilled water. Any other type of water, with the exception of rain water, is not good for a Venus flytrap plant. You want to keep the soil moist. According to The Botanical Society of America, you can't over water your Venus flytrap, so it is best to have too much water than not enough.

Step 2

Feed your Venus flytrap only if it doesn't catch its own food. If you are growing your Venus flytrap plant indoors, this is a possibility. The website Venus Flytrap Growing recommends using flies, caterpillars, crickets or spiders. One insect per week is all a Venus flytrap needs.

Step 3

Give your Venus flytrap access to light. If the flytrap is outdoors set it in the morning sun. If you keep your flytrap indoors, use a high temperature florescent light.

Step 4

Make sure your Venus flytrap is living in a humid environment. This is achieved by using a glass container or aquarium with a lid that has a small opening for air. If you have your Venus flytrap in a pot, you will need to cover three-fourths of the top with a piece of glass or Plexiglas. If the flytraps reach above the pot you will need to place the pot in a glass container or aquarium first, and then cover it. Note: You shouldn't be growing your Venus flytrap outdoors if you do not live in USDA hardiness zones 8 through 10. They won't get enough humidity otherwise.

Step 5

Observe the plant each day when you water it, and look for leaves that are beginning to turn brown. If you spot any you will need to remove them. This will keep the rotting leaf from spreading to the rest of the plant. The Venus flytrap will then grow a new leaf in its place.

Tips and Warnings

  • Your Venus flytrap will begin dormancy in November and not come out of it until February. This is normal. Never add fertilizer to the soil in your Venus flytrap's pot.

Things You'll Need

  • Distilled water
  • Insects
  • Florescent light

References

  • The Botanical Society of America: The Mysterious Venus Flytrap
  • Venus Flytrap Growing: What Should I Feed my Flytrap
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