Soil For Venus Fly Traps

Can't find the proper ingredients to mix your own soil? Buy Venus fly trap potting soil or New Zealand Long Fiber Sphagnum from the FlytrapStore.

It is very important to use nutrient POOR soil to grow Venus Flytraps. Regular potting soil will burn the roots and kill the plant very quickly. Fertilizing Venus Fly Traps is also not recommended. The fertilizer will burn the roots and likely kill the plant. Some experts use extremely diluted fertilizer and apply it only to the leaves of the plant, but this is risky for a beginner and not recommended.

Dionaea aren't terribly picky about the medium you use. Perhaps the easiest medium to use is simply pure, unenriched (NO Miracle-Gro!) peat moss or long fiber sphagnum moss. Peat moss is typically sold in large bales at most retailers that carry potting soil. It seems that the most widely accepted medium to use when potting Venus fly traps is a 1:1 mix (in terms of volume) of peat and perlite. When choosing a brand of peat moss, any type will do as long as it isn't enriched. Be sure to avoid brands like Miracle-Gro and Scott's because they contain fertilizer that will burn the roots of your plant and eventually kill it.

 

Peat Moss and Perlite

 

Perlite is also relatively easily found at large deparment and hardware stores, or at your local nursery. Perlite provides aeration and optimum moisture retention. Many people substitute silica or horticultural sand for perlite. This 1:1 mix of peat and perlite is commonly referred to as the "standard" CP (carnivorous plant) mix, because most all carnivorous plants grow well in this medium. Many growers like to use the standard CP mix and then top it off of long-fibered sphagnum moss to prevent the perlite from floating to the top. I found that the perlite has a strong tendency to float to the top of the mix if it is exposed to heavy rains.

Our preferred mixture of soil for Venus fly traps is 5 parts peat moss, 3 parts silica sand and 2 parts perlite by volume. The silica sand really helps with aeration and the formation of a very healthy root system. Silica sand is also known as white sand, silicon dioxide, silica or quartz. It is a very hard mineral that is not soluble and is completely neutral and inert, which makes it perfect for carnivorous plants because it will not release any minerals into the soil.

 

Silica Sand

 

Mixing the soil

Choose an adequately large container that will allow you to mix the peat and perlite without spilling it. A five gallon bucket works well.

First, pour in the peat moss:
Add peat moss
Then add some perlite:
Add perlite

Lastly, add some distilled water and mix

Add distilled water

 

You will have to add quite a bit of water to the mix because the peat moss soaks it up like a sponge. Keep adding water and stirring the mix together until the peat is soaked and the perlite is well mixed in and the peat moss is saturated. The peat moss has a tendency to be hydrophobic initially, especially if it is cold, but it will eventually start soaking up the water. Ultimately, you should end up with something that looks like this:

Standard Carnivorous Plant mix

 

Choosing a pot for your Venus fly trap

Choosing the right pot for your Venus fly trap is an important process. It can mean the difference between a small plant that struggles most of its life and a large, robust, healthy plant that flowers to produce a lot of seed and divides regularly. While Venus fly traps can get by in a wide variety of pot sizes and shapes, they prefer to have a pot with good vertical depth so that their roots have room to grow. Venus fly traps can be grown in anything from short 2 inch pots all the way up to pots as big as they come. I find that pots between 4 inches and 5 inches in depth are a good comprimise for space while still providing enough depth for the roots of the Venus fly trap. But in general, the deeper the pot, the better it will be for your pet Venus fly trap.

Another important characteristic of a good Venus fly trap pot, especially in climates with more extreme temperatures, is good insulation. An insulated pot will provide a stable temperature for the roots and help prevent the pot from heating up the soil when sunlight directly hits the sides of the pot. It will also provide a bit of protection from the soil freezing when the temperatures dip just below freezing.

Plastic pots are easy to find, cheap and will work well for Dionaea. However, most plastic pots are dark in color and therefore absorb heat. Given the fact that they aren't insulated, the soil temperature can rise and fall quickly in the pot. Having said that, I've used these pots successfully and my plants did well. But when I made the switch to insulated pots, the difference in their health was noticeable. My preferred inexpensive pot choice at this point is 16 ounce insulated foam beverage cups, or styrofoam cups. They're white, so they don't heat up much in direct sunlight. They provide excellent insulation for the roots of the Venus fly trap, and at over 4.5" tall, they provide good vertical space for your Venus fly trap to develop a healthy root system. To top it off, you can purchase twenty of them for one dollar, so the price is right!

How to repot a Venus fly trap

Repotting a Venus fly trap is actually quite an easy process. The basic procedure is to remove the plant from its current container, remove the soil from its roots and pot it in its new container. Below you will find a detailed step-by-step procedure of how to accomplish this task while causing your Venus fly trap the lease amount of stress so that it can quickly recover and resume growing. Begin by finding a good work area where you can make a mess. An outside picnic table or work bench is perfect.

One term that you'll need to know before we start is rhizome. The rhizome of your plant is the white bulb-like part that's just below the soil, but above the black roots. It's the area that all of the leaves on your Venus fly trap originate from and where the plant stores energy. With that term defined, let's get started!

Step 1) Preparing the new pot

Once you've prepared your desired soil mix as described above and it's moistened all the way through, simply fill the chosen pot with the soil mix and gently compress it. Using a stick, screwdriver, your finger or some other tool, make a fairly deep hole for the roots and rhizome of the plant to go into. Make the hole deep enough to accommodate the roots with minimal winding. Be sure to make the top a bit wider than the bottom so that you have plenty of room for the rhizome.

Step 2) Uprooting the plant

Gently squeeze the sides of the pot that your Venus fly trap is currently planted in to release the soil from the pot. Then slowly turn the pot over with one hand while placing your second hand under the pot to guide the ball of soil and plants out of the pot. Once you have the old soil and plants free from the original pot, start breaking away the soil from the roots. Do this very gently and methodically to be sure not to tear or otherwise damage any of the roots. You can also simply dunk the entire soil ball into clean water (rain, reverse osmosis or distilled water) and swirl it around to release the soil.

Step 3) Guide the roots into the new pot

Hold the rhizome of your plant in one hand. With your other hand, use the tool of choice (screwdriver, stick, finger, etc.) to guide the roots of your Venus fly trap down into the hole in the soil of the new pot that you made in step one. Try to get the roots as straight and deep as possible into the new pot. Work them all the way down until the rhizome is setting just below the surface of the soil in the hole you created.

Step 4) Press the soil in around the rhizome and roots

Once your Venus fly trap is placed down far enough in the soil with its roots deep into the pot, start pushing soil in around the rhizome. Sometimes it's easier to use extra soil from your mix to drop into the hole. In whatever way is easiest, fill dirt in around the roots and rhizome thoroughly. Then gently press soil in around the sides of the rhizome to make sure that it's seated well into the soil. Do not plant the Venus Fly trap too deeply in the soil, but make sure that the white part of the rhizome is completely covered.

Step 5) Water the venus fly trap thoroughly

Watering the Venus fly trap after repotting will help ease the root shock and also help the soil to settle and remove air pockets. Water from the top gently so that the perlite and silica sand (if you've used any) doesn't all come to the top of the soil. I usually pour the water directly on the plant itself so that the soil isn't disturbed too much. Make sure the soil is initially very wet after being potted.

If you have any more questions, be sure to read the Venus Fly Trap Soil FAQs or join the forum and ask there: Venus fly trap forum.

Comments   

#84 hazhardcore 2013-08-17 05:27
In the pics above it looks like there is a 1:1 mix of peat moss to perlite, but in the last picture it looks like there is a lot less perlite. Is the perlite meant to be broken down when you make the mixture? I've used 1:1 peat to perlite and there's a lot more white bits in the soil. I'm wondering if this will affect germination.
#83 Jeff B 2013-06-12 11:08
Matt,

Amazing VFTs! Both came very healthy, packaged well / with care. Top notch service. The hand written note from your wife Leah was a nice touch as well! Thanks again and keep up the great work!
#82 Julie smith 2013-04-12 22:41
I know this space is not for questions but our vft is for a science project so i won't need to join the forum, can I plant MY vft in a terrarium?
#81 Stephanie 2012-09-27 12:46
Great site! Thanks so much for the information. :-) I learned a lot just through the comments and good thing I saw that tap water is a no no since I just got my plant yesterday. I will have to remedy that situation. I am in the process of trying to lure a very annoying bug that is flying around me into the trap as we speak. ;-)
#80 Jay Thomas 2012-09-07 12:36
I've been a member of the forums for a couple of days, now (I'm Longdream) and second everyone's praise of the wealth of info and the kindness of the moderators and members.

But for all you folks who can't find a proper growing medium in your area I have a suggestion: This website has a STORE that sells it!!

If you're thinking about making a compromise that may be detrimental to your plants, maybe think about supporting the site and buying the medium here. I should add a disclaimer that I'm in no way involved with the site or the forums, I'm just a member and user like all of you, but am about to take my own advice and get the proper soil mix from the website store.

Thanks again to everybody who works to keep this great place going! I've only been here a couple of days, but I know I'll be relying on you. I love my three little venus flytraps. It's going to be an illness, I can tell

;-)

Jay
#79 derpderpderp 2012-08-16 13:12
So I have a question, what happens when the soil is just normal potting soil? I have soil but I have no idea how many nutrients it has... Is it possible for it to survive with normal soil? I can always go buy some, but I was just asking.
#78 jacob dryden 2012-06-09 18:04
I want my to eat people!!!!!!!!! !!!!! :-) ;-) :D ;-) :sad: :sad: :o 8) :P :-* :cry:
#77 bighead12345 2012-06-01 13:07
I got mine as a seedling and it's growing big;-). It's about to bud:D!
#76 Emma 2012-02-13 03:14
I just wanted to say what a fanstastic site!!;-);-) as I am from the UK great news about the media, i'm off to wilko's :-), but I can't help but notice the frustration of the members running the site as you have mentioned over and over again that this is for comments only, and people are still asking questions!, many of which have previously been asked, might I suggest a little reading of other people's posts, as I found reading comments was more helpful than reading other peoples questions! Many Thanks Emma;-):-*
#75 steve_d 2011-11-27 09:02
Using tap water without measuring it for TDS (total dissolved solids, or dissolved salts and minerals) is a gamble. In the great majority of cases, tap water is much too high in TDS and will harm or kill Venus Flytraps in weeks or months.

Keeping the growing medium "topped up" with water and the growing medium too wet for too long is dangerous, because it invites fungal and bacterial infection, especially during the cool dormancy that Venus Flytraps need and which yours (bought 7 months ago) has not yet had but will want now that it is late Fall.

Your Venus Flytrap may look healthy to you, but there may be problems and potential problems you just haven't seen yet. However, good luck and may your Venus Flytrap be healthy! :-)
#74 ilsonlas 2011-11-26 16:24
we got a VFT about 7 mounts ago, my DD feds it spiders wasps woodlice ect when she catches them and i make sure it is always topped up with tap water. it seems very healthy, it is flowering, agen, and from what i have read it seems the bulb has divided, there are are about 12 leaves and it looks like they are coming from 2 pleases. i remove traps that are malformed or have gone black and there always seems to be new traps growing. your advice seems to say i am killing our VFT and yet it looks so healthy, i do not understand.
#73 Amber and Matt 2011-08-29 09:42
We just purchased two Venus Fly Traps and we love them! This website was so helpful in keeping them alive and healthy. The transplanting advice, along with the soil mixture advice was extremely helpful.

If we ever have a problem with our Fly Traps, this will most definitely be the first place we look. Thank you for supplying us the wonderful information.
#72 steve_d 2011-08-21 06:30
As the notice in red reads: "This area is for COMMENTS ONLY. If you have a question join the forum!"

Questions answered in the FlytrapCare Forum (http://www.FlytrapCare.com/phpBB3/).
#71 tina 2011-08-20 18:53
wondering. instead of peat moss & perlite can you use coco fibers & hydration pelets. would i be able to set it up like most of my veggies (hydroponics)?
#70 Melany 2011-07-30 03:31
Im from south africa just bought some vft seeds very educational website
#69 Diego 2011-04-26 09:31
Really nice website I am just a kid but i have learned a LOT and I am gonna get a fly trap soon. THX A LOT without this site my fly trap would have perished!
;-);-);-)
#68 Drew-who-knewphew 2011-04-04 01:26
For anyone who has struggled sourcing Perlite easily in the UK (United Kingdom)
The Wilkinsons / Wilko chain of stores sell Perlite in carry packs for under £2.00. As far as i know, nearly all UK cities have a Wilkinsons ;-)
It looks like pure white polystyrene-lik e stone chips and the carry pack it is sold in is clear so you can see the content.
#67 fail 2011-03-07 21:46
thanks that helped alot because i have killed one so now i know y ;-)
#66 Erin 2011-02-26 17:45
Thanks for providing such an awesome website! I have found it to be a really great learning tool, as I am some what horticulturally challenged!
#65 daniel cho 2010-12-26 20:22
can you use sphagnum peat moss for the venus flytraps soil ?
#64 Dean 2010-12-26 18:40
Venus Fly Traps CANNOT be watered with any kind of chemically processed water or any kind of water that you might think would contain anything besides WATER! Rain water and Distilled are the best and easiest options. NEVER feed them. Keep their environment HUMID. They love water because they are only found wild in swampy, bog areas of eastern North and South Carolina. Their soil should be loose and consist of a nuetral soil medium. Read the back of the soil bag when shopping to uncover all it contains.
#63 me me me 2010-12-09 18:16
CAN I USE CACTUS SOIL??
#62 steve_d 2010-12-07 20:27
To dave91-- There are many suggestions and discussions about substitutes for perlite and sphagnum peat moss in the FlytrapCare Forum, which is searchable.

FlytrapCare Forum
http://www.FlytrapCare.com/phpBB3/

As the text in red states: "This area is for COMMENTS ONLY. If you have a question join the forum!"

Best wishes and good luck--
#61 dave91 2010-12-07 17:42
i cant seem to locate peat moss or perlite in any store
can anybody think of a substitute in australia?
#60 Bernice 2010-06-14 03:27
I work in a greenhouse that grows vft's,,I have gotten lots of good advice on how to grow healthy vft's,,but want to learn more,,this has been the best information that I have found so far,,tyvm
#59 Madison 2010-06-03 05:28
Hi I want to know 1."Can you grow a VFT in South Carolina inside?" 2. "How much do VFTs cost??? Thanks. ;-)
#58 rscarborough96 2010-05-04 10:52
okay, idk what happend to my previous post, but I was going to ask if reindeer moss is an okay substitution. I could go and look for peat moss, but since I already got it, I figured why not? Can you help me?
-rscarborough96 ;-)
#57 TheMaverick 2010-05-01 16:41
Very certain, Huken. I would definitely use at least just Peat Moss, as it seems to be the best soil for Venus Fly Traps.
#56 TheMaverick 2010-05-01 16:39
Very certain, Huken. Make sure to get Peat Moss, it seems to be the best soil for Fly Traps.
#55 Huken 2010-04-30 01:23
How certain is it that Venus fly traps will die in regular potting soil
(compost):o
#54 Nate 2010-03-27 18:29
The only peat moss/perlite I have been able to find in our small town is made by scotts/miracle gro and is enriched. Can I boil the mixture to remove the nutrients or is there another way to remove the nutrients so I can use the soils?
#53 parker 2010-02-13 22:50
hi my nave is parker i just bought a fly trab it seems to be doing well and i know it says not to ask questions on here, but i would most likely get too confused even to get back here. anyways is it ok to feed my traps dead bugs? i dont think the ones i fed would be too debribed of nuitrients they were not just exoskelotens at least not yet. i only fed them these due to the fact that we had a hard freeze and ALL of the bugs are dead.
#52 Krissi 2010-02-07 13:42
Hi,
I decidied to replant one of my two traps, but I can not get my hands on any peat moss. Can I use sphagnam moss instead, that the media that the store sold them to me in also.
#51 Kevin 2010-01-10 13:47
hit up the forums and try to get some help
#50 Rosario 2010-01-10 09:35
I bought a venus fly trap 3 weeks ago. It is still alive but the traps died because the store didnt nourish them at all:sad:. Mine is still hanging on but Im afraid it will die:o.
#49 Kevin 2009-12-12 10:48
it might unless you give it artificial light. since it is almost spring you might wanna get a 20 watt light or higher.
they need over 6 hrs of light to be healthy.

This area is for COMMENTS ONLY. If you have a question join the forum!
Just click join forum!! hope to see you there!
#48 Rowan 2009-12-10 01:11
This is an AWSOME site. I have learnt more about keeping VFT alive than any other site i've checked! But the problem is,I live in new zealand,where we rain a lot. As it happens,this is winters end,but Im not sure I can supply the hoards of sun the VFT requires. 1 or 2 hours of full sunlight a day is best we get, occasionly more,and I was wondering,will this kill my 1 inch tall VFT??
#47 Mellany 2009-12-06 14:48
also is well water okay for it?
#46 Mellany 2009-12-06 13:58
What is a possible substitute that I can use to feed my fly traps during the winter if I do not have flies? And how often do I feed them? Also (last question) why is it not suitable to feed them meat?

Thanks for your time,
Mellany
#45 Alexandre 2009-12-06 06:54
This is one great website you have here, tells me ALMOST everything i need to know. I'm going to ask this on the fourms and look for a thread containging my question, but i would suggest putting up a lighting chart somewhere on this site, for convience. My question (also going to be asked on the fourms) what kind of light should i use, i'm buying a pre grown VFT (don't want to wait 3 years to grow, costs as much as 100 seeds on ebay) and i'm going to put it on my desk, thi is going to have minimal light... so to substitute i would want a SMALL light. i'm going to also ask this on the fourms which light to get, but i'm posting it up here to compliment the website and tell you that a lighting chart for dark areas and certian spaces and numbers of plants and such would be convient. Once again a great website i'm coming here for all my VFT care questions.
Thanks,
Alex
#44 Jacques 2009-11-28 10:58
Can I just use sand and no peat moss etc? or do i need it?
#43 hey 2009-11-22 23:03
great site seems really informative... thanks to everyone who is helping out
#42 Kevin 2009-11-19 21:00
the soil you should be using is peat moss. no miracle gro.
you should go to the flytrapcare forums and sign up.
http://www.flytrapcare.com/phpBB3/index.php
#41 mistervenusflytrap 2009-11-19 19:22
do they sell poor soil or you have to make poor soil?
#40 Matt 2009-11-04 12:50
I'm very happy to hear that you found the information here helpful! :-)
#39 cozie 2009-11-04 12:42
Thank you so much for the website. I "surprised" my 4th graders with 2 VFTs & a pitcher plant after studying plants & them being so excited about the flytrap section. We need lots of help to keep out little babies alive & your site has been a big help!
#38 radek 2009-10-19 21:12
this is the best website i have seen about vft's.
it is very informative
i have just one question what is the difference in between peat and compost is peat less nutritious?
#37 Kevin 2009-08-11 23:46
you can keep it outside because i think a few vancouver do that. i would say it is easier but i keep mine inside and outside. if you do keep it outside, your plant will be at risk of nocturnal animals that can devastate your plant.
get to the forums for further help
#36 vlad 2009-08-11 18:24
i have no idea where should i keep it, when i buy it. i live in Washington Vancouver and i dont know where to keep the venus fly trap, out side or inside??? i woulsd like to know in where would be the best and easyest place for me to grow them???
#35 liam 2009-07-23 07:40
a good idea is to set out a big five gallon bucket to collect rain ive got like 3 full right now so i never rune out of vft water, and not just big buckets any bucket will work;-)
#34 Kevin 2009-07-22 12:01
are you sure that is enough??
cause vft need to have wet soil so it doesnt dry out
#33 Jeremy 2009-07-22 04:39
alright well the forcast calls for rain so im set for awhile thanks;-)
#32 Kevin 2009-07-21 10:56
not unless you get distilled water or rainwater. if you dont, your plant will die.
#31 Jeremy 2009-07-21 09:14
thanks and will it survive there r a few who r going to grow open in a couple days r they safe? as long as i dont feed them?
#30 Kevin 2009-07-20 10:57
awww man, you should not be feeding it so much!! that is why it is turning black. also!!!!!! TAP WATER and BOTTLED WATER!!!!!
NOT GOOD FOR YOUR PLANTS!!!! your should get distilled water, you can find them in walmart, and almost every grocery store.
#29 Jeremy 2009-07-20 07:20
i just got one and i fed each one but a couple are starting to go black a i just today started using bottled water i used tap before is the tap water killing him?
#28 Ali! 2009-06-17 19:18
My friends bought some for their bio project so i took them off their hands to save them (they were going to trash them!!) but I'm not much of a plant grower so I really really appreciate that you have this kind of site!! :-) I'm going to see how long i can keep them alive xO and perhaps join the forum for help :-) Thanks
#27 Javabrowndragon 2009-05-27 09:40
Sorry for the explanation :/
I looked at it and realised I was treating people reading this like they were sort of stupid.
#26 Javabrowndragon 2009-05-27 09:35
Is there something else I could possibly use?
Peat is taken from drained peat bogs. Peat bogs are full of wildlife, but when they are drained they become unsightly wastelands. Knowing this, I'm not sure I really want to buy any :D.
#25 Kevin 2009-05-12 10:56
im pretty sure they will, unless the plant is dying, a new growing season is starting and new traps will be sent up.
#24 shannon 2009-05-12 04:52
All of my traps turned black, but the leaves are still healthy & green. Will the traps come back?
#23 Matt 2009-05-09 02:54
Adam,

I'm happy to hear that you've found the site helpful. I've heard that it's hard to find peat moss and perlite in the UK. However, the moss that you gathered from a peat bog should work. I can't say that it definitely will work, but I would guess that it would. You can definitely use it green.

Matt
#22 Adam Davidson 2009-05-08 21:36
Hi there,
Firstly let me comment on what an excellent site this is! I have found it VERY informative, but I do have a question.
I live in the Scottish highlands and my son loves his VFT. I have been searching high and low for Peat Moss and Perlite and can find neither. Last weekend however I managed to collect some moss from a peat bog. Would thid do? At the moment I have it in a bucket of rainwater as I am not sure what preparation it needs before I use it. Do I have to dry it or can I use it green?
Look forward to your response and thank you.
Adam
#21 Matt 2009-04-28 16:54
Lance,
The best time to repot or plant Venus flytraps is in the early spring. At this point, they are just coming out of dormancy and haven't started growing much yet.
#20 Kevin 2009-04-28 14:37
lance,
i think the best time to grow one is maybe spring or end of winter. this is the time it grows alot i think. if you grow them in the winter i might have to go through dormacy. spring is when the plant looks the best.
#19 Lance 2009-04-28 04:49
:sad: When is the right season to Plant VFT's?
#18 Kevin 2009-04-27 14:56
michelle,
i think fang do recover if you just use distilled water and let it flush out the tap water. the black traps are probably not from the tap water.
#17 alex 2009-04-27 14:26
:-)how do they swallow a fly?
#16 michelle simpson 2009-04-25 12:49
Hello, I recently bought a VFT from a garden centre as just a bit of fun for the kids 'fang' as it is called has really captured our interest and logged onto your website to find out the best things we can do to keep 'fang' healthy..howeve r in our ignorance we have been watering our friend with tap water, if I change to distilled will the previous tap water have any lasting damage...I did notice when we purchased the plant that some of the traps were black...is this due to tap water....will our dear 'Fang' recover...pleas e help, thankyou!:-)
#15 Matt 2009-04-14 18:11
No, it's actually easier to add it before and mix it in. That way the moist soil will hold down the plant better.
#14 Kevin 2009-04-14 07:35
do you have to add distilled water when mixing? because wouldnt it be easier to add the water after?
#13 Matt 2009-04-05 11:08
Ron,

You have a lot of questions. You should visit the forum to ask them.
#12 Ron 2009-04-05 11:01
I have just recently bought a VFT and it seems to be green and healthy. Now, I know you are not supposed to poke them because it wears them out, but I was just making sure it was alive once I brought it home. The trap did not close, worrying me. Is this normal? Also the VFT came in a container, and it said to keep it closed most of the day and only to leave it open a few hours out of the day. Is this okay? The humitidy seems too high for the venus fly trap to handle. Thanks!
-Ron
#11 Matt 2009-03-22 13:35
Yes, I believe that vermiculite is also an inert substance with essentially the same properties as perlite, so it would be fine to use.
#10 smmclaughlin 2009-03-22 12:57
Can vermiculite be used with peat instead of perlite for VFT planting media?
#9 Matt 2009-03-05 15:05
You should never, under any circumstances, feed a Venus Flytrap meat.

For your rock question, you can put rocks in the soil, but they must not leach minerals into the soil. You're better of just using perlite or silica sand than rocks.
#8 marylou turner 2009-03-05 12:55
I was told to feed my plant meat in the winter until summer comes,is that true or just a myth I was also told to put rocks below the soil.What should I do? Marylou Turner
#7 teen 2009-02-09 16:24
thanks!;-);-);- )
#6 Matt 2008-12-14 09:44
That's answered in the FAQ section under General questions. The basic answer is that you don't ever need to feed it. Just give it lots of light and clean water.
#5 tim 2008-12-14 09:21
how much should i feed my venus fly traps?
#4 Matt 2008-08-04 06:01
First off, go ahead and ask these questions in the forum. I will give my opinion here, but you can probably get more answers and options from the forum.

A 20 gallon aquarium would work fine for a big pot of Venus Fly Traps. However, you might be better off using something with drainage in the bottom so you don't have to top water and also it allows mineral build up to seep out the bottom.

I too live in Colorado. You can grow VFTs outside in Colorado from May to October, but in the winter they will need protection from the extended freezes. They do go dormant and come back, but you can't let them freeze for too long.

Other carnivorous plants that live in the same environment are almost any type of Sarracenia (temperate picther plants) and any temperate Drosera (sundew plants).

Hope this helps!
Matt
#3 Dom from Colorado 2008-08-03 16:35
ok i've got a lot of money to spend and i have several questions. First of all This is a very informative website and thats why im asking you instead of looking it up because I get really distracted with all these cool facts. :-). So the first question is, what kind of container should I use for a big garden of fly traps living together? i have this old 20 gallon aquarium i was thinking of using and plenty of tubs. I have pots but i want the flytraps to have their own big enviroment where they can live together. Mayby outside??? Im from colorado and i have seen winters below 0 several days at a time. do the traps go dormant and come back? is there any secure way for them to live outside? Otherwise i would just bring the aquarium in during the winter. The second question is kind of broad but, what other carnivorous plants can live in the same enviroment with the traps? thanks in advance ;-)
#2 Matt 2008-07-15 14:32
Brady,

I'm sorry, but I don't know much about Desert Sand by Mosser Lee. However, if you just plant your Venus Fly Trap in pure peat moss, that will be fine. In fact, there are some growers that believe that pure peat moss (without perlite or sand) is the best medium for growing VFTs.

Good luck with your plant!

Matt
#1 Brady Gower 2008-07-15 14:03
Matt:

My particular situation was not covered in your (very informative) website's FAQ section, so I have a question for you.

After searching for some time for perlite, I resorted to purchasing the "Desert Sand" product variety by Mosser Lee. I have read dissenting opinions about using this type of sand in a soil mixture (part Desert Sand, part Sphagnum Moss) for potting a VFT.

From what I've researched, the ideal soil conditions necessary for the flytrap's survival contain sand that has a) a neutral PH and b) does not contain any salts.

If you aren't sure if desert sand is specifically not recommended, would you happen to know what it contains?

My VFT has arrived in a baggie, and I fear it will die if I don't pot it soon!!

I look forward to hearing back from you! Thank you very much for your time.

-Brady Gower
brady.gower@gmail.com

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