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How to Germinate Venus Fly Trap Seeds

By Bridget Kelly ; Updated September 21, 2017
The Venus flytrap will eat many types of insects.

The Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) is a carnivorous flowering plant native to the United States, particularly the bogs around Wilmington, N.C. Venus flytraps require lots of sunlight, moisture and humidity to thrive. When your Venus flytrap produces a flower, snip it off so that the plant will put its energy into producing larger leaves or allow the flower to develop and go to seed. Venus flytrap seeds are black and quite small, and plants grown from seed take a long time to develop.

Pour equal parts of moist sphagnum peat moss and sand into a planting pot. Sprinkle the venus flytrap seeds over the soil, but do not cover them with soil.

Place the pot in a plastic bag and seal it. Place the bagged pot in bright, indirect sunlight, in an area where the temperature remains between 75 and 80 degrees F.

Check the soil periodically to make sure that it remains wet. Allow the bag to remain open at the top, and mist the soil frequently with rain water or distilled water, if the temperature inside the bag is warmer than 90 degrees F.

Remove the pot from the bag when the seeds sprout (usually within four to six weeks) and place the pot in direct sunlight.


Things You Will Need

  • Planting pot
  • Sphagnum peat moss
  • Coarse sand
  • Transparent plastic bag
  • Plant misting bottle
  • Rain water or distilled water

About the Author


Based in the American Southwest, Bridget Kelly has been writing about gardening and real estate since 2005. Her articles have appeared at Trulia.com, SFGate.com, GardenGuides.com, RE/MAX.com, MarketLeader.com, RealEstate.com, USAToday.com and in "Chicago Agent" magazine, to name a few. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in creative writing.