- How to Make a Terrarium for a Venus Flytrap
- How & Where to Buy the Best Venus Flytrap
- How to Germinate Venus Fly Trap Seeds
- Is a Venus Flytrap an Autotroph or Heterotroph?
- What Phylum Is the Venus Flytrap?
- Pruning a Venus Flytrap
- How to Prepare the Best Potting Mix Used for Venus Flytraps
- How Often Does a Venus Flytrap Reproduce?
When you get a Venus flytrap, chances are it came in a small pot with a plastic domed cover, as Venus flytraps prefer a hot, humid environment. If you do not have a terrarium at home to transplant the flytrap to, you can easily make one with common household items.
Repot the Venus Flytrap
Mix together equal amounts of peat or sphagnum moss and sand in a large bowl or bucket.
Fill the bottom 1 inch of a 6-inch pot with pebbles and the next 1/4 inch with activated charcoal.
Fill the remaining pot with the moss mixture. Dig a hole 2 inches deep and 2 inches wide in the center of the mixture. Water the mixture until water drains from the bottom of the pot.
Remove the Venus flytrap from the original pot. Shake any soil mixture gently from the roots.
Place the root ball of the Venus flytrap into the center of the dug hole and cover with additional moss and sand medium.
Make the Terrarium
Wash and rinse a 2-liter soda bottle. Remove the label and put the cap back on.
Cut the bottom one-third of the plastic bottle off using scissors or a razor knife.
Set the open end of the bottom over the Venus flytrap in the pot.
Press down on the top of the bottle to ensure that it is firmly in the pot.
Remove the cap of the bottle when water condensation begins appearing on the inside. This will allow fresh air into the terrarium.
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.
A Venus flytrap is a carnivorous autotroph. Unlike heterotrophs, it can harness sunlight for energy. The flies are important but not essential to its survival.
The energy source distinguishes autotrophs from heterotrophs. Most autotrophs use energy from sunlight to make organic compounds from CO2 and H2O through photosynthesis. Some autotrophs are chemotrophs, which rely on inorganic chemical energy. Heterotrophs, by contrast, can neither photosynthesize nor harness inorganic chemical energy and must consume other organisms to obtain the energy they need.
Venus flytraps don't trap flies to obtain energy -- they obtain the energy they need through photosynthesis. They actually consume flies for nitrogen and other nutrients. This added nutrition is important because Venus flytraps naturally grow in nutrient-poor soils.
The Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) is filed in the division Anthophyta, which is also known as Magnoliophyta, or commonly "flowering plants." "Division" is the botanical equivalent of the zoological classification "phylum." Plants in the Anthophyta division are called "angiosperms" and produce flowers.
Venus Fly traps naturally reproduce once per year through standard pollination, during their active growth period (spring and summer). They produce an average of 20 seeds.