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How to Repot a Venus Flytrap

By Melissa Lewis ; Updated September 21, 2017

Venus flytraps (Dionaea muscipula) are, in fact, real plant, not myths, as some people believe. And yet, surprising to some others, they are native to the United States, specifically the North and South Carolina areas. Venus flytraps, as their name suggests, are carnivorous plants that eat flies and other insects by luring them into their traps using the sweet-smelling nectar. If your Venus flytrap has outgrown its current pot, then repotting is necessary. Repot your Venus flytrap in the early spring before the growing season begins.

Take your Venus flytrap out of its current container. Squeeze the sides of the pot, turn it on its side, and tug gently at the plant’s base to remove it. If you pot is not pliable, take a knife and run it between the soil and pot to separate them. Carefully turn it on its side and pull at the base of the plant to take it out of the pot.

Gently remove the soil from the roots of the plant. Swirl the roots in a bowl of water to get the rest of the soil off.

Fill another pot with one part sand and two parts peat moss. Fill it close to the top. It will settle after you water it.

Dig a hole large and deep enough to accommodate the Venus flytrap’s roots. Spread the roots out and pack in the soil around the roots. The top of the plant should be planted at the same depth as it was before.

Pack down the soil gently and water the newly potted plant until the soil is thoroughly moist. If any water drains out the drainage hole, dump it out.


Things You Will Need

  • Knife
  • Peat moss
  • Sand
  • Container
  • Water

About the Author


Melissa Lewis is a former elementary classroom teacher and media specialist. She has also written for various online publications. Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.