Venus flytraps are an intriguing plant for many because they are one of only a small number of carnivorous plants. Like non-carnivorous plants, Venus flytraps get some nutrients from the soil and the air. But they also need to consume insects for survival because they typically grow in areas where the soil lacks nutrients. The plants can be found in locations all over the world, but in the United States they grow in the wild only in certain parts of North Carolina and South Carolina.
Venus flytraps grow best in warm and humid conditions, which is why they grow naturally in the bogs of the Carolinas. To grow, the also need at least four hours of direct sunlight each day. If you are growing your Venus flytrap indoors, you can create a humid environment by keeping it in a terrarium or a glass container such as a fishbowl. Although they grow best in humid conditions, they can be grown indoors or in drier climates as long as their soil is kept moist. When watering the plant, it's best to use pure water or rain water. Tap water contains too many dissolved solids, which can harm the plant.
Venus flytraps need soil depleted of nutrients. If you plant one in a regular potting soil, the nutrients will damage the roots and cause the plant to die. One option is to use pure peat moss that is not mixed with potting soil. Because peat moss contains few nutrients on its own, it offers a good environment. Don't fertilize your Venus fly trap or it could kill the plant.
Venus fly traps cannot survive without insects, so if you keep one indoors, you either need to feed it feed it or make sure there are enough bugs in the area. They typically only need two or three insects each month, and any insect--flies, ants, spiders--will do. But Venus fly traps should only eat insects. Do not feed your plant beef or other types of animal protein. The high fat content is too difficult for the plant to digest and could kill it.