Venus Flytrap 01

Venus Flytrap

 

 

Intro/ trivia: Venus Flytraps are an excellent terrarium plant, and can be fun to feed and watch. Although it is tempting to feed the plant or play with it, Flytraps only need to eat around once a week, and will usually source its own food.

Family: Droseraceae
Origin: North and South Carolina’s swamplands
Life Cycle: Perennial
Difficulty: Easy

Light: If your Flytrap is outside (where it can get most of its food), it will flourish under lots of direct light. Take care, however, that the leaves don’t burn, especially if the plant had low-light conditions before being put outside. Otherwise, a sunny spot near the window is fine for an indoor Flytrap. The insides of a Venus Flytrap will be pinkish red if receiving sufficient light.

Water: Venus Flytraps prefer moist soil, but should not be left to stand in water, as this will rot the plant. If using a tray under the pot, make sure the tray does not fill with water, or at least that the tray is in direct sunlight. These plants like the humidity, so mist them occasionally with water to keep them happy.

Soil: Venus Flytraps are not built for regular potting soil, and most will be planted in mixtures of peat, sphagnum moss, or sand – much like a succulent! They do not need to be fertilised and do not need lime added to the potting mix.

Fruit/ Flowers: This plant grows small, white flowers on a stem that sits above the plant. It may flower indoors, too!

Pests & Problems: Adding extra chemicals, particularly alkaline ones, to the soil will cause problems for the plant, so be sure to use distilled or rain water when watering. Bugs are, of course, less of a problem for this plant; however, it is susceptible to rot if overwatered or not given enough fresh air. If in a terrarium, allow the air to circulate whilst also keeping the humidity levels.

Growth: Flytraps are dormant in Winter, but overall have a low growing/spreading habit and will be quite small.

Repotting/ Propagation: Flytraps have multiple growth points, and so if you just let them grow, more plants will appear. Alternatively, you can pull off some leaves (with as much of the white base as possible) and plant them in the same soil you are using for the main plant. You can also do this with the flower stalk, if you do not want the Flytrap to reproduce by pollination.

 

2017-11-29T19:27:28+00:00
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