VENUS FLY TRAP (Dionaea muscipula)
by Dan Hodgson

Background Information:

Venus fly traps can be moderately easy to grow if certain conditions are met and maintained. As venus fly traps grow they develop long root systems, if the plant is healthy, so a tall pot should be used with older plants. Some believe that a venus fly trap needs to be grown in a pot covered in plastic or glass, as is commonly seen in nurseries. The truth is that this will lead to overheating and shriveling, caused by that type of covering, resulting in poor, weak and spindly growth. Plants sold in nurseries are often planted in too small of a pot and in the wrong soil type. Typically, you should re-pot your venus fly trap into the correct soil and a 4 or 5 inch pot. Many beginning growers will overreact to a venus fly trap losing one of its traps. However, this is normal. The trap is the plant's leaf and periodically the plant will lose a leaf. If you are growing your venus fly trap in an area where it does not have access to a natural diet, such as a terrarium, you may give it one or two flies or pet store/caught crickets every month. You should not play with the traps (causing the trap to close with your finger), as this drains the plant's energy . If you play wiith a trap several times it will become less sensitive and probably die. Although, this does not hurt the entire plant. If a leaf dies you should always cut off the dead growth. Maintaining the plant, so fungus does not begin to grow on the dead leaves.

venus fly trap


Other Factors:         
  Fun Links:

pictures courtesy of: Matt Miller, Carnivorous Plants Online 2002.