Venus flytraps (Dionaea muscipula) are the most famous carnivorous plants found all over the world. Their popularity among botanists and indoor plant pot lovers is enormous.
Venus flytraps have acquired quite a reputation for being difficult to grow, but as long as you can imitate their natural habitat in your pot, you can cultivate them successfully.
They are native to the swampy bogland regions of North and South Carolina. Venus flytraps are familiar with nutrient-poor growth soil media of the local Carolina swamps covering their roots. As a result, they tend to get most of their nutrient quota from “eating” insects for which they are best known.
While it may seem complicated to recreate swamp landscapes in your own home, it is not. It is not so difficult because the growing requirements are relatively simple and don’t take too much care to grow well and good. (Read How to Take Care of a Venus Flytrap Plant)
One of the most important aspects of maintaining a healthy Venus flytrap will be the regular repotting you will need to do after the winter in the spring to ensure that it has enough room to grow healthy.
Venus flytraps also have rhizomes to store energy and produce both the roots and shoots of the plant.
Here you will learn what growing conditions you need to create and how to grow a Venus flytrap that is healthy successfully.
Can I Use Cactus Soil for Venus Fly Trap?
Venus flytrap soil or potting medium can be the most vital aspect of successfully repotting a Venus flytrap.
Venus flytraps grow in the native bogs of Carolina and are suited to the acidic, nutrient-poor growing medium.
If you try to use regular potting soil or any nutrient-enhanced mixture in your pot, this can lead to burning your Venus flytrap roots and killing them quickly.
What is the Best Soil for Carnivorous Plants?
Once it comes to Venus flytrap planting, you need to use a standard carnivorous plant soil mix.
It is simple to mix your own or look for Venus flytrap potting soil in a garden center.
When you mix your own, you need around a 1:1 mix of unenriched peat moss and Perlite. You will find the peat moss provides the acidity that your plants need, and the Perlite can help retain moisture. It is also possible to replace the Perlite with horticultural sand.
You can find the mix with peat moss and sand is around the same 50: 50 split, although it isn’t too critical to be on either side of this. (Read What Are the Best Types Of Soil For Gardening)
How Do I Repot a Venus Fly Trap?
Here are the straightforward steps for Venus Fly Trap planting. Your Flytrap will go dormant over the winter, so once the spring comes, make use of the good growth that will help them grow well in their new environment.
- Fill your new pot with your 1:1 mixture of peat moss and Perlite.
- Ensure to water your new potting mixture carefully, and use distilled water (reverse osmosis) or rainwater. Make sure it is moist yet not over wet.
- Make a small hole in the center of the new potting mix where your Venus flytrap will go.
- Gently jiggle your Venus flytrap from the current container. Ensure you handle your plant by the root ball and keep your hands away from touching any of the traps.
- Carefully break away any old potting media away from the roots of your Venus flytrap.
- If you have multiple plants growing together, you can separate them and re-plant them separately.
- Place your plant into the hole of your new moistened potting mixture. Once in place, gently push the soil into position around the roots.
- Water your plant thoroughly. You should see water drain through and start to come from the drainage holes.
What is the Best Food for Venus Fly Trap?
Once you report your plant in a new container, you can find you don’t have to fertilize your plant.
- Be careful not to feed meat.
- Flytraps require live prey like flies, spiders, crickets, slugs, and caterpillars, which they like as their favorite foods.
- The size of food can also be vital, and it shouldn’t be larger than around 1/3 the size of the trap when feeding. If the insects are too large, it can lead to bacterial rot and kill the leaves.
- Venus Flytraps also only have a limited number of movements for their traps during their life. It is the movement of the insect that triggers the traps to close. You can purchase crickets or dried blood worms (need soaking) for feeding your plants.
- If the insects are dead, you need to stimulate the hairs that trigger the trap to close gently.
- During winter dormancy, there is no need to feed your plant anything. Also, you will only have to feed your plant around a few times each year.
- If you overfeed your carnivorous plant, you can cause it to die. The very maximum you can feed your plant is two small insects per month during the growing season.
Here are a few tips on how to take care of Venus Flytraps.
Carnivorous plants fascinate how they catch, kill, and digest any insects when they feed. Even though there are over 700 species, here are some simple things to note for Venus flytrap care.
Light: The majority of carnivorous plants like bright light, and many, prefer direct sunlight. Fluorescent or cool temperature grow lights may be used indoors if there is no full sun for at least 4 hours per day. (Read Jack In The Pulpit Planting)
Humidity: Venus Flytraps require high humidity. Some of the best ways are an indoor terrarium, or if possible, you can create an outdoor bog garden if you live in a humid region. As long as your outdoor pot can meet the Venus flytraps liking of peat soil mix, water, they will grow healthily without too much additional care.
Water: Never use tap water or mineral water for a carnivorous plant. Be sure to use rainwater, melted snow, or distilled water. A carnivorous plant requires moist to wet soil during the warmer months, and in the winter dormancy period, they need less water when the temperature drops. (Learn How To Grow Venus Fly Traps)
Soils: Garden soil won’t suit carnivorous plants. The ideal media for most is live sphagnum moss, dried long-fiber sphagnum moss, or, as we have here, a mix of peat moss and Perlite.
Temperature: The temperature needs do vary depending on the species. Some of the plants need a distinct cool dormancy period. You will find leaves die back on Venus flytraps, and you can cut these back before you get to repot them in the spring.
Feeding: If you have no insects are available, you can use a one-quarter strength organic fertilizer when your plants are actively growing. However, this should be used at a minimum and not as a replacement for the insects.
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