Venus fly traps are one of the most fascinating house plants you can own. They are among the few plant species that are actually carnivorous. Venus fly traps possess modified leaves that can close on insects, trapping them for later digestion. These curious plants are readily available and can easily be kept at home. Plants can also be purchased online and come in a variety of cultivars. Generally, venus fly trap plants are not expensive, ranging from $5 to $15.
Look for venus fly traps at local garden supply centers, in department stores and home improvement stores in the specialty plants section.
Select a plant that appears healthy and in good condition. The size of the plant should be about three to five inches across.
Ensure that the leaves are firm and free of marks or blemishes. They should appear shiny, with a waxy surface. The traps themselves should be open so you can thoroughly examine the plant.
Test the health of the plant by taking a toothpick or other small, thin object and carefully touch the trigger hairs. This will stimulate the trap to close. Watch the speed and completion at which the trap closes. The faster it closes, the more likely the plant is a good choice for purchase.
Purchase a good container for your plant. Ceramic, plastic or glass are all good choices. Do not select a pot that is porous, as this can trap minerals that will harm you plant. Ensure the pot is large enough to allow for future growth. A pot at least six inches in diameter should serve well for a plant of three to five inches.
Purchase perlite and peat moss and mix them in equal amounts for your potting soil. Venus fly traps grow in soil that is typically nutrient-poor and acidic.
Purchase a gallon of distilled water for your plant. Tap water has far too many minerals that can damage your plant.