Plant Care:

Venus Fly Trap

Description:

Just add.. flies! These curious, carnivorous plants are loved by people of all ages! Unlike most plants that get their nitrogen from the soil, carnivorous plants absorb nitrogen from their prey. A venus fly trap adds a fun, dynamic touch to any indoor garden. When touched by an insect, the ‘snap trap’ will close. Snap traps can close 3-4 times before it turns black and dies.  Black traps can be cut off and a new trap will grow. Place your plant in a bright location and in a humid area. Mist regularly!

Botanical Classification: Dionaea muscipula

Pets And Kids:

Non-toxic to cats and dogs.. deadly to flies!

Plant Parent Care Tips:

  • Resist poking the traps. “Snap traps” can close 3-4 times before it turns black and dies.  Black traps can be cut off and a new trap will grow.
  • Keep the soil moist. Raise the humidity level by misting often or growing in a terrarium.

General Care:

Calatheas like an environment with higher humidity (like a kitchen or bathroom) and their soil to stay consistently moist. This is not a drought-tolerant plant, but it is relatively forgiving if you forget to water it from time to time. Extended periods of dryness can result in brown leaf tips or edges.

Water:

Keep soil very moist at all times. Mist regularly to keep humidity levels high.

Sunlight:

Bright location. Venus fly traps will thrive in direct sunlight. Insufficient sunlight will cause your flytrap’s leaves to become weak and floppy

Placement:

A bright, south facing window ledge is the ideal location. These plants do very well in terrariums because of the high humidity.

Food:

Do not fertilize. Venus fly traps grow in very poor soil and even prefer distilled water without any dissolved minerals. If you keep your venus fly trap indoors, you can feed them with dead or live insects periodically.

Common Issues:

Snap traps turning black: Traps can turn black for many different reasons, and most are not fatal to the plant. If it’s the oldest traps in the rosette which are turning black, or if the blackening trap has already caught and digested several insects, then this is likely a normal part of the trap’s lifecycle. If your plant is continuing to put out new growth to replace the old traps, then you have nothing to worry about. Otherwise, it could be a symptom of overfeeding, too little water or not enough sunlight.

Interesting Fact

Venus fly traps can live up to 20 years or longer.