Venus Fly Traps need three basic things to flourish:

Please read the above linked-to articles in detail.  If you provide each of these three things in the proper way, you will have a healthy, happy Venus Fly Trap as you see below in the photo.  Below the photo is a brief summary of the care needs of a Venus fly trap.

Give Venus fly traps as much light as you can. Full direct sunlight at least four hours a day is best, though Venus fly traps can flourish under strong artificial lighting as well. Water them with "pure" water (low in mineral content), either distilled, rain water, or other water that has a low concentration of dissolved solids. Plant them in a proper mix of nutrient poor medium. Most people use peat, sphagnum moss, sand and perlite in some combination.  Long fiber sphagnum moss works well for Venus fly trap soil too.

A Venus Fly Trap with good coloration

If possible, keep the ambient humidity high, though this is not critical. Venus Fly Traps can thrive in low humidity. Just be sure to keep their soil damp at all times when the humidity is low.

If you are growing your plant in less than ideal conditions, or you just want the biggest traps possible, it's best to not let them flower. Try to cut the flower stalk off as soon as you notice it. Flowering robs the plant of precious energy that it could otherwise use to make itself larger or produce better leafs and traps. Also, as a flytrap grows, it will often form little offshoots with a second rosette or multiple rosettes of leaves. These offshoots will eventually form their own root systems. When you go to repot your venus fly trap you can gently pry the rosettes apart and have separate Venus fly traps. If you cut the flower off, the Venus flytrap will be more likely to divide and form separate rosettes through the growing season due to the fact it can put more energy into growing.

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  • Guest - Ken

    My plant eat a housefly 15 days ago.It was digested and now that housefly is growing mold.I know that fungus grow just on dead tissue, but that leaf is already almost dead.I'm afraid that when this leaf dies,mold will start growing on leaf and eat my whole plant. I also know that mold makes spores which germinate in new mold and everything. How to solve that ?
    : - ( Please help. Thanks. Sorry for bad english.

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  • Guest - Tim

    Can i know is my plant tissue cultured or cloned.

    from Ottawa, ON, Canada
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  • There is no way to distinguish a tissue cultured plant from a naturally propagated plant. But the odds are very good these days that any Venus flytrap you see for sale in a store has come out of tissue culture.

    from Ashland, OR 97520, USA
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  • Guest - Tim

    Thanks if you answer

    from Ottawa, ON, Canada
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  • Guest - Tim

    Do tissue cultured plants live a shorter time ? I bought my plant at a gardening fair.
    Thanks for fast answers.

    from Ottawa, ON, Canada
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  • Guest - Tim

    My plant has a circular rosette, not clumped leaves.

    from Ottawa, ON, Canada
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  • Guest - adam smith

    Love my new flytrap. This website is really helpful

    from Davey, NE 68336, USA
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  • Guest - adam smith

    My plant is half dead because it got its soil dug up by a mouse at my aunts what do i do?:(

    from 1920 Branched Oak Road, Davey, NE 68336, USA
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  • Guest - Caleb

    So I live in Colorado, and its dry here, and Venus Fly Traps need a moist environment, right? So I was wondering if I leave my fly traps outside, what will happen? Do I need a greenhouse?

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  • Guest - Ghislaine Giroux

    How can I find out more about dormancy for VFT? Also why is my VFT plant limp?

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