The Venus fly Trap is an easy-to-grow carnivorous plant. Growing the plant in a micro terrarium--a small glass container--is a popular hobby among terrarium enthusiasts. The plant grows well in an enclosed environment, for it doesn't need a highly fertilized soil foundation. It receives most of its nutrients from insects, not the soil. A carnivorous plant micro terrarium is also an effective learning tool for students. The Venus fly trap micro terrarium is a wise beginning for first time terrarium creators as well as those wishing to experiment with growing carnivorous plants.
Creating the Micro Terrarium
Choose a small container that won't block the plant from absorbing sunlight.
Sprinkle a thin layer of the pumice sand mixture in the bottom of the clean container.
Add an equal amount of peat moss to the top of the pumice sand. Sprinkle a few pebbles onto the peat moss for decoration.
Planting the Venus Fly Trap
Poke a hole with your finger in the center of the peat moss.
Gently place the plant's root ball in the hole
Press the soil around the plant until it is firm.
Watering a Micro Terrarium
Pour some distilled water into a cap or bowl.
Soak some of the distilled water from the cap or bowl into the eyedropper.
Gently water around the plant, dropping the distilled water around the plant.
Caring for the Venus Fly Trap
Place your micro terrarium in full sunlight. Venus fly traps need sunlight for successful growth.
Add small crickets into the micro terrarium for the plant to eat if the terrarium is enclosed. If it is not enclosed, the Venus fly trap will feed itself.
Set the plant in the refrigerator for two months to remain cool when the plant begins to die back. Venus fly traps need a dormant time each year.
About this Author
As a freelance writer since 1999, Cheryl Starr enjoys writing articles on Christian topics and short-story fiction. Her work has appeared in "Teachers of Vision," "Insight" and "Highlights," to name a few. She is working on a novel and a devotional book. Starr studied elementary education and literature at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.