Taking Care of a Venus Flytrap

Overview

A Venus flytrap is a species of the carnivorous plants that consume insects such as gnats and flies. It's mouth-shaped head has tiny hairs lining the rim of the mouth that look like eyelashes. When an insect lands on the mouth it can trigger these hairs, causing the mouth to close around it. The Venus flytrap then secretes an enzyme that dissolves the insect so the plant can digest it. Venus flytraps are sold already planted and can be found in garden supply stores. They can live for many years in the right environment and with proper care.

Step 1

Purchase a potted Venus flytrap at any garden supply store.

Step 2

Keep your Venus flytrap indoors in an area of high humidity and full sunlight. The room temperature needs to be between 50 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 3

Water the Venus flytrap until the soil is moist to the touch and refill when it becomes dry. Use only distilled, room temperature water or tap water that has set for 24 to 48 hours to allow the chlorine to dissipate.

Step 4

Replant in a larger container when the Venus flytrap has outgrown it's pot. Use a rich potting soil such as an African violet mix.

Things You'll Need

  • Venus fly trap
  • Distilled water

References

  • The Mysterious Venus Fly Trap
  • Venus Fly Trap
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