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Overview

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

Step 1

Choose a small container that won't block the plant from absorbing sunlight.

Step 2

Sprinkle a thin layer of the pumice sand mixture in the bottom of the clean container.

Step 3

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

Step 1

Poke a hole with your finger in the center of the peat moss.

Step 2

Gently place the plant's root ball in the hole

Step 3

Press the soil around the plant until it is firm.

Watering a Micro Terrarium

Step 1

Pour some distilled water into a cap or bowl.

Step 2

Soak some of the distilled water from the cap or bowl into the eyedropper.

Step 3

Gently water around the plant, dropping the distilled water around the plant.

Caring for the Venus Fly Trap

Step 1

Place your micro terrarium in full sunlight. Venus fly traps need sunlight for successful growth.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't feed your Venus Fly Trap ground beef. Don't try to "trigger" your Venus fly trap's jaws. This could damage the plant.

Things You'll Need

  • Small container with or without a lid
  • Peat moss
  • Pumice sand
  • Tiny pebbles
  • Small Venus fly trap
  • Distilled water
  • Eyedropper
  • Refrigerator
  • Small crickets (for enclosed micro terrariums)

References

  • Storm the Castle: Terrarium Man: How to Make and Care for a Carnivorous Terrarium
  • Storm the Castle: Terrarium Man: How to Make a Micro Terrarium
  • Herselfs Houseplants: Micro Terrariums with Carnivorous Plants
Keywords: Venus Fly Traps, making micro terrariums, carnivorous micro terrariums

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.

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