How to Plant a Venus Flytrap


The Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) is a carnivorous plant which is indigenous to South and North Carolina. They are regarded as perennial plants with a bulb-type root system. The Venus flytrap is a small, compact-growing plant with leaves that are 1 to 5 inches in length with clamshell-shaped traps which are used to trap and consume small insects. regards the Venus flytrap as one of the easiest carnivorous plants to grow.

Step 1

Purchase a Venus flytrap bulb, or rhizome, and decide what you want to plant it in. recommends you plant your Venus flytrap in a terrarium, or in some glass container that will provide a humid growing environment for your Venus flytrap.

Step 2

Sterilize your planting container by washing it in hot, soapy water. Rinse the container thoroughly with hot water, and let it dry.

Step 3

Dampen your growing medium by placing the potting mixture in a plastic bag. Poke several holes in the bag, then run distilled water through the bag. Let the water completely drain out of the bag.

Step 4

To grow a Venus flytrap in a pot, fill up the pot approximately three quarters full with your growing medium. To plant in a terrarium, fill up your terrarium approximately three quarters full with the dampened potting mixture. To plant a Venus flytrap, recommends digging a hole approximately 4 to 5 inches deep and 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Making sure to keep the base of the roots level with the surrounding soil, push in all the dirt around your Venus flytrap with your fingers. Water thoroughly using either rain water or distilled water.

Step 5

Place your Venus flytrap in an area in your home that is both warm and has adequate light. suggests giving your Venus flytrap full sun to partial shade from early spring through late fall. recommends care when growing a Venus flytrap in a terrarium since even 2 hours of sunlight during the warm months can make the temperature inside your terrarium become too warm for your Venus flytrap. suggests you should strive to keep the temperatures for your Venus flytrap below 80 degrees F in the summer and 40 degrees F in the winter since they prefer cool temperatures as well as moist growing conditions.

Step 6

Give your Venus flytrap constant moisture during its growing season; according to, they require 80 percent humidity--however, they also require ventilation. If you plant your Venus flytrap in a terrarium, make sure you allow it to ventilate.

Tips and Warnings

  • Feed your indoor Venus flytrap insects only, never hamburger.

Things You'll Need

  • Venus flytrap bulb, or rhizome
  • Potting mix of 2/3 sphagnum moss and 1/3 sand
  • Terrarium or planting pot
  • Distilled water or rain water
  • Plastic bag
  • Small watering can


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Keywords: Venus flytrap, Dionaea muscipula, carnivorous plants