Venus Fly Trap Plant Care


Native to North and South Carolina, Venus fly traps have intrigued people for centuries as these carnivorous plants are able to trap and consume prey. With small trigger hairs, it only takes the slightest movement of a bug across it for the Venus fly trap to sense the insect and snap its jaw-like leaves shut. If you have taken a Venus fly trap into your home, you may be wondering how to care for these strange yet entertaining plants. If you invest just a little time and care, your Venus fly trap plant will thrive.

Step 1

Keep your Venus fly trap in a terrarium or create your own by cutting the bottom off of a 2-liter bottle and placing it over your plant. Venus fly trap plants thrive in humidity so unless you live in a humid area you will need to keep the moisture and humidity locked in around your plant. You can take your plant out from under its cover during the day, but be sure to put it back at night

Step 2

Water your Venus fly trap by misting it with water two to three times a week. Keep the soil damp but do not drown the plant. Don't allow the soil to become dry. Water your plant with rainwater you have collected from outside. Tap water may contain harmful chemicals that may kill your Venus fly trap plant.

Step 3

Feed your plant fresh or live bugs once a week. You only need to feed one of the traps on the plant. Make sure that the bugs are small as bugs that are too large may not be able to be digested and can cause a fatal infection for your Venus fly trap. You can find dried-out crickets from pet stores to feed to your plant. If you feed dead insects to your plant, use a toothpick to reach inside the loosely closed trap to stimulate the trigger hairs so your plant will think it's live prey and digest it.

Step 4

Set your Venus fly trap in the windowsill to get plenty of light throughout the day. Venus fly traps are fine with 14 hours of light in the summer and eight in the winter. You can remove them from their containers or terrariums as the soil should be damp enough for them not to dry out. If your plant is kept in a lit terrarium, use high-spectrum lights a foot above the plant.

Step 5

Keep your plant in a soil mixture of 30 percent sand to 70 percent peat to help keep it moist. Do not use potting soil. The pot you purchased your plant in should be sufficient to sustain the Venus fly trap without re-potting, but if you choose to re-pot use the recommended ratio and don't transplant your Venus fly trap directly into the ground. Unless you live in North or South Carolina, where these plants are native, it won't survive.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not feed your Venus fly trap meat as this will kill it.

Things You'll Need

  • Terrarium
  • 2-liter bottle
  • Rainwater
  • Spray bottle
  • Small bugs
  • Dead crickets
  • Toothpick
  • Sand
  • Peat


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Who Can Help

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About this Author

Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination, and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.