Venus Fly Trap Growing Guide
Venus fly trap is a carnivorous and very hardy
perennial plants. They grow best in spring and in
summer seasons. Venus fly trap is an easy growing
plant, they can be grown indoors as well as outdoor.
VFT doesn’t need much attention they grow well
even if they are left alone outdoors.
Propagation of VFT
VFT are easy to germinate from seeds and it takes
nearly 4 to 6 weeks to germinate. Purchase seeds
and put them into the growing medium make sure
not to plant them deeply into the soil. Keep the soil
moist and ensure that the soil doesn’t dry out
completely. For germination you should keep the
temperature above 78 F up to 90 F. Once the
seed germinate and set first two to three leaves,
transplant them outdoors or in a container.
Planting VFT Indoors
Choose a right containers for planting VFT indoors.
Container should be 4 inches to 5 inches in depth so
that VFT roots get enough space to spread, grow
healthier and better. Get insulated containers which
will keep the temperature stable in hotter and colder
seasons. It will also protect the soil from freezing in
Soil for VFT
Ensure you use only nutrient poor soil to grow Venus
Flytraps. Use simply pure unenriched peat moss or
long fiber sphagnum moss. Nutrient rich soils and
fertilizer will burn the roots of VFT and the plant will
die. You can also make soil using 5 parts of peat
moss with 3 parts silica sand and 2 parts of perlite.
Silica sand is also known as white sand, silica or
quartz which helps with aeration and also forming
healthy root system of the plant. Do not use regular
potting soil to grow VFT or you will end up killing
Watering Venus Flytraps
Use only distilled, RO (reverse osmosis water) or
rain water. Do not use any other water as the
contaminates present in the water will kill the VFT or
any other carnivorous plants. Always remember they
should be watered only with distilled or rain water.
Let your plant catch their own food for themselves,
keep them outside so that it will catch on its own. If it
is not possible to keep outside then feed only small
insects such as ants and bugs. Once the VFT trap
an insects they will close their trap and it will take a
lot of time to open its trap. Do not try to open the trap
or you will damage the plant and make sure you do
not feed them meatball.
Caring VFT on Dormant
Venus Flytraps are perennials so they go dormant in
winter and grow back in spring. During dormant VFT
looks weak as if they are died. Many more growers
throw out the plant mistakenly thinking the plant has
died. Dormant period last for three to five months in
the winter season and the VFT shed their leaves,
become weak, black and they stop growing.
During dormancy reduce watering VFT plants but
make sure you do not dry out the soil completely. It’s
better to water them only 2 3 times per month. Keep
the plants where they can receive low light such as
in garages. Do not worry about the plants growing
outdoors. They will die in winter and grow back in
Make sure the plant should be watered to make the
soil wet. Do not allow the soil to get it completely dry
out and not soggy or waterlogged. It is best to water
the plant and allow the medium to dry until next
watering. Keep the humidity level stable by placing a
tray under the container this will help the plant to
keep cool over summer and winter seasons.
Venus Fly Traps should receive at least 12 hours of
light with a minimum of 4 hours of direct sunlight.
The more light the plant receives the healthier it
grows. If you are growing indoors make sure to
place the plant near windowsill where they can get at
least 4 hours of direct light. If sunlight is not possible
for you then you can arrange artificial lights. VFT
grows best under fluorescent lights and ensure that
the plant get enough light to survive. Keep the plant
under fluorescent grow lights as much as close at
least within 8 inches of distance between the plant
and the grow lights.
Repot your Venus fly trap yearly once and the
method is very simple. Remove you plant from
current pot and remove the soil from the roots and
plant the VFT in a new container with nutrient poor
soil. Do not plant the VFT deeply into the soil and
ensure that you have completely covered the
rhizome into the soil. Water the plant until the soil
gets wet this will comfort the plant from root shock
and to remove any air pockets from the soil.