The importance of light for Venus Fly Traps

Adequate lighting is very important to keeping a Dionaea muscipula healthy. During their active growing season, Venus Fly Traps should receive a minimum of 12 hours of light (also known as a 12 hour photoperiod) with a minimum of 4 hours of direct sunlight, if you're growing your Venus Flytraps outside. In general, the more direct light the plant receives the healthier the plant will be.

The best place to grow Venus Fly Traps is outside year round. If you do this, choose an open area to put your plants in and you won't have to worry about making sure that the plant gets adequate light. They will get all the light that they need. Also, they will catch their own food if they are outside. If you really want to keep your little friend inside, then be sure to place it in a south, east or west facing windowsill that gets at least 4 hours of direct sunlight a day. Another alternative is to use artificial lighting. Venus Fly Traps can be very successfully grown in terrariums with artificial lighting. You can find many different kinds of expensive "plant" lights at your local nursery or hardware store, but many growers find success with regular fluorescent lights. If you use fluorescent lights, to ensure that the plant gets enough light, keep it within 8 inches of the light. The closer to the light the plant is the better.

Below is a picture of a setup of typical Venus Fly Traps in a terrarium. Notice the fluorescent lights just above the plants. In the photo, the plants are approximately 2 inches from the light.

Adolescent Venus Fly Traps in a terrarium

If you just bought a Venus Fly Trap from the hardware store or other retailer where the plant was receiving very low intensity light and wasn't in direct sunlight at all, then you might want to slowly introduce the plant to direct sunlight or its leaves will probably burn. Start off by giving it an hour or so of direct sunlight for a few days, then increase the exposure to sunlight to a couple hours for a few days and continue to increase the Venus Fly Trap's exposure to sunlight until you can just leave it out in the sun all day. Alternatively, you could just put the plant in direct sunlight right out of the store. All of its leaves will probably burn and turn yellow or brown and then eventually black, but it won't be long before it starts sending out new leaves and these will be acclimated to the sun just fine. However, there is a small risk of killing the plant if you do just throw it out in the sun.

Growing your Venus fly trap indoors

If for some reason you're unable to grow your Venus fly trap outside where it can get all the sunlight and bugs it needs, there are a few options for indoor growers. After growing outdoors, a sunny window that faces south is your next best option. As long as the Venus fly trap receives 4+ hours of direct sunlight in the window, it should grow well. An east or west facing windowsill can work too.

If you live in a basement or in an apartment with only north facing windows, you might have to use artificial lighting to help your plant grow well. Venus fly traps grow great under fluorescent lights. However, the hard part is providing them with a proper dormancy. If grown under fluorescent lights year round with the same amount of light each day and no dormancy period, Venus fly traps will eventually die. People have successfully grown their plants under lights during the summer and then put them in a cool windowsill, unheated porch or garage, or outside (in milder climates) for their winter dormancy.

When choosing a lighting setup for your Venus fly trap, an economical choice is a compact fluorescent bulb. Look for a bulb that's labeled "cool white" or "cool blue" in color temperature. This means that the bulbs will have a color temperature in the 6500 kelvin range, which is ideal for growing. Warmer colors, like those in the 3000 kelvin range, are better suited for flowering. I've seen 200 watt compact fluorescent bulbs with a color temperature of 6500K for sale at $20 including shipping. One bulb like that would work well for a few Venus fly traps. If you want to set up that will allow you to grow more plants, you can purcahse a shop light fixture and T8 bulbs for $10 each at Wal-Mart or other large retail and hardware stores. Again, look for the "cool white" T8 bulbs.


#99 shatadroo dutta 2014-01-27 04:30
hi i just planted a flytrap seed in kolkata a place near the coast with humid climate for germination i just have a bit of soil and i water my plant every day with distilled water and i have done all irrigation processes and still i water it every day with a spray bottle am i doing the write thing please help me
#98 fly trap lover 2013-05-27 13:17
hey just wonering if i keep my fly trap outside does it need 2 b covered up and is it ok if it is with a glass cup????
#97 jmoshen 2013-05-23 14:27
I have been putting my plant outside in direct sunlight but I think its "too much" because its been turning yellow.. is there certain hours the plant needs the sunlight? like when the sun is less strong? I also sit the plants pot in another tray of about 1/2" of water. is this incorrect? I dont want them dying. Any help would be much appreciated
#96 Nyarlathothep1234321 2013-05-23 12:45
Dolan, they need sunlight to perform something called "Photosynthesis".
I learned about this procedure in grade 3, in a very basic explanation, photosynthesis is how a plant gets its food and energy. :-)
#95 dolan 2013-04-25 07:29
why do they need sunlight:-)
#94 david 2013-04-17 12:46
hey i just my vft on sunday still a little iffy cuz its my first plant but anyways one of my questions is whats the difference between the dorman stage and the plant just dying like how do you tell the difference this way i can know and not freak out cuz i really love my plant
#93 star 2013-02-28 06:24
I bought Venus Flytraps from amazon, and i take 20 days in shipping,
i remove wet wipe which cover roots then pot it in pot.
after 1 day the color of leaves is start change to yellow,i put it in direct sunlight for more than 6 hours, some leaves now turn to black, what should i do to keep it life?
#92 1PlantFreak 2012-12-17 23:12
~~~Matt and Fly Trap Care Crew~~~

I just joined this site a month ago, as I was searching online for info on Venus Fly Traps.

Unfortuantely I bought 2 little traps late in the summer and didn't find this site until it was too late:sad:

I am so excited to order some new friends from you as well as some amazingcages which you sell. I do nothave a question, rather a comment/compliment.

Out of all of the research I have done 9I do a lot as a researcher/writ er), is by far the best plant niche1 site around! Any information that I needed was psoted here and then some. you definately have my business, as well as my friends, who are addicted to new and exciting plant-pets.

I just wanted to say 'thank-yuou' for all of your knwledge in which you share generously for free. I look forward to my big purchase after Christmas, as well as sending in sopem pics and commentary on my new babies.

Keep up the great work and thanks for all that you provide!

#91 Barbara 2012-12-17 16:18
I love this site! thanks for all the help. Just brought 2 v f t and every question that I Wanted to ask have been answered here all I had to do was read.... Thanks again all.;-)
#90 1PlantFreak 2012-09-24 01:54
Hi Matt!:-)

I just joined this AMAZING site and have to give you lots of credit for all of the hard work and research youhave done. I pfobably will not sleep tonight because I am pumped to learn, learn and learn! I have just purchased a Venus FlyTrap and have a few issues and questions. I LOVE THAT YOU HAVE A FORUM FOR QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS!!!!


Once again I cannotwait to share info and learn a lot!;-)
#89 Jimmy Isaza 2012-08-07 14:10

I would like to know about the Dormacy period. I have read a lot but I live in Venezuela (Tropical Country) and we dont have seasons. My plants have grown perfectly for 1 or 2 years and then they die... Why have I done wrong ?

#88 DarkPirahnna 2012-06-12 01:12
I'm using 1 Philips Plant Aquarium T8 15watt fluorescent light for my Venus Fly Trap and Sundews is that ok ? Or should I put another one ? Which is the best for carnivorous plants T5, T8 or T12 ?
#87 Gk 2012-04-05 20:12
What if your VFT got trigerd and now wont open its Trap:sad::sad:: sad:
#86 brian 2012-01-11 13:47
I have a light tray set up for my VFT's. I have 2 24 W. fl. tube bulbs. I have 11 adolescent VFT's growing. I have read that 2 inch space between the light and the plant. My question is, 2 inches about the top of the plant or 2 inches above the base of the plant?

#85 CC 2012-01-01 21:22
btw my venus flytraps are baby ones and they only have traps with about 1-3 mm in lenght so I don't know if I should keep them outside just now, specially cause it's winter any suggestions for the black things??? could it be too much sun¿?¿?¿? I also read online that it was good to keep them open at nite. My lil ones came with a lil plastic cover on top and at the pet store they told me to keep them closed for about 8 months but I read it was better to keep them open at nite so they wouldn't get fungus, is this true? Take into account they are veryyy small.
#84 CC 2012-01-01 21:17
I just bought two little venus flytraps, I've been using distiled water and been taking care of them really well, put them besides windows so they get enough sunlight. My only concern is that it's winter and I don't know for sure if they are getting too much sunlight. The other day I left them besides the window all day long and when I came back at night I found one of them with a few traps with a darker colour. I'm not sure if they got dry cause of the sun or what exactly happened, I'm pretty sure the soil is wet and it's the right soil (I bought them at a pet shop and they had them there for a while bfore). I'm also not sure how much light do they need exactly? is it bad they get more than 4 hours of light a day? what should i do with the darker traps??? cut them??? plz help! T_T
#83 steve_d 2011-12-30 11:04
Fruitflies and fungus gnats are both good food especially for Drosera (sundews) but are a bit small for most Venus Flytraps except for baby Flytraps with traps only 1-3 millimeters in length. :-)
#82 boner 2011-12-30 10:17
accidentally reported someone for abusing this site when tried to vote for the ppopst . sorry reptile light person , didn't mean to flag your post .

I heard fruit flies like brewing cider and wine , but people dont usually brew in the direct sunlight . maybe feed the plant flies by rotting fruit nearby ?
#81 person101 2011-12-16 21:21
Hello, i have just bought a VFT and i have been catching flees and spiders and flies and other stuff but it wont eat and i am a little afraid should i be. :cry:

P.S.i have tried moving the food around but i just can't get him to eat. plz help me
P.P.S. a good name for and VFT is Audrey,nom nom,chomper or of course
#80 steve_d 2011-12-12 18:55
To cason-- Read what it says in RED type above and below the comments area. Ask questions in the FlytrapCare Forum (, not here (comments only here). Fast answer: uncover the Venus Flytrap.
#79 cason 2011-12-12 18:35
hi i just got a new small vft and got it with moss on the dirt should i take it off???????

#78 cason 2011-12-12 16:00
hi i just got a venus flytrap 'fang' and i got it with moss on the soil should i take it off

NEED ANSWER ASAP!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;-);-);-);-)
#77 Brandon 2011-09-30 14:09
What light should I use for my big mouth vft- and what lamp?

See! Quick, short, sweet!;-)
#76 Maddie 2011-09-05 16:00
what is a good way to keep my venus fly trap in the winter when its hibernating? I was thinking by putting it somewhere cold upstairs cause we dont have airconditioning or heating up there and giving it little food, water and light. Is tht kk?
#75 Lou 2011-09-03 01:33
Thank you for these tips. I've been a little unsure whether to buy or growa flytrap and whether it would even be okay in my living situation, this is one of the best resources I've found and it's convinced me that a little trap would fare well where I am. Cheers, I'm now looking forward to getting.
#74 WTF 2011-08-28 17:24
Direct light will KILL a flytrap
I seriously DO NOT understand how this **** turns up first on google

(the following has been added by FlytrapCare admin Steve_D) Venus Flytraps grow very well in plenty of direct light or sunlight, but newly purchased Venus Flytraps and other Venus Flytraps that are not yet used to direct sunlight and perhaps outdoor conditions (where the air may be dry, relatively breezy, etc.) should be gently acclimated first, before exposing them to direct sunlight, or the leaves may burn.
#73 brian 2011-08-22 00:09
my vft is named trapper !!!!
#72 tyler 2011-06-05 15:32
:sad: :sad: :sad: my venus fly trap is almost dead(i fed it a beatle) :sad: :sad: :sad:
#71 venus flytrap master 2011-05-28 10:25
could i have EVERYONES top advice on looking after venus fly traps as im struggling. and how long does it take for its mouth to reopen???
#70 venus flytrap master 2011-05-28 10:24
i called my flytrap "jaws" because the big one on the side it has massive jaws and it eats like 2 flys a day, its unbelieveable!! !
#69 venus flytrap master 2011-05-28 10:07
thank you so much i have had my flytrap for 3 weeks now and your tips have really helped me!
#68 SpikyDragon 2011-05-25 08:05
I would have thought the ULTIMATE name for a Venus Fly Trap is -Twoey After the Plant from the Little Shop Of Horrors?

Well at least that's what mine's going to be called! I'm growing mine from Seed.
#67 Xxxxx 2011-05-24 09:38
Why does my venus fly trap never close I keep it indoors I try to feed it but I have 2 Venus fly trap one work one does not ones red the others not I come from great brittion should I put it more than 12 hours direct sun light
#66 criagu 2011-05-15 11:52
Hi i have a question, I am thinking of buying a fluorescent bulb that has 6500k and 36W and and the color of the bulb is daylight is that good for my VFT? and sorry for my bad english I live in Sweden.
#65 steve_d 2011-04-23 15:33
Venus Flytraps like a lot of direct sunlight whether grown indoors or outdoors, but plants that have been growing inside a store and before that, inside a tissue culture lab under artificial light, must be acclimated to direct sunlight. Consider a couple hours of early morning sun at first, and increase that by an hour or two every 3-5 days, until they adapt to the greater sunlight. It's important not to overwater them, or they will grow weak and spindly leaves that sunburn easily and are much more susceptible to rot.

JOIN THE FORUM for a lot of better answers and more complete comments!
#64 lopezj392 2011-04-23 14:11
My Boyfriend Bought me a Dionaea Muscipula like about 2 weeks ago..
I have been Watering them each day with Bottled Water, and they seem to be okay..The insructions that came with the plant Tell me that They should be in High Humidity,Bright INDIRECT light, and that Drafts are not goood for them at all.
But here on this cite I read that They shouldnt be in real High Humidity and should not have Indirect Light.
I have them Inside right now by a window where some light can hit the plant..but Im not sure if I should keep them outside where the sun hits them,because there are slow nd low winds outside during spring here in CA. and is sometimes cloudy.
Should I Keep them out in the sun for a couple of hours nd keep them in a Shady but little bit Bright area?
and when its drafty outside do i keep it inside? can another Venus Fly Trap owner help me out?
#63 greg johnson 2011-03-19 15:22
i just bought my flytarp at homedepo and its in a like plastic square thing is this ok should i take it out. and there little and lying on the side of the plastic thing are they dying
#62 johnny 2011-03-08 10:06
Direct sun killed one of my fly traps and severely damaged 3 others. I use fluorescent compacts and a dorm sized desk lamp now and it saved the other 3. Im definitely going to use cheese cloth for any real sun. I time my lights to go on at sunrise and off 2 hours after dark.
#61 Chris Mack 2011-03-03 06:22
The Venus Fly Trap is more like an animal than a plant. They are amazing but I cant help feeling sorry for the fly.
#60 relly 2011-02-20 15:21
where can i buy a venus fly trap here in manila and for how much. i really wanted one since i was a kid.
#59 Riley 2011-02-12 18:34
I bought a Venus flytrap from bunnings and it was in a moist type of fertilizer. I moved into succulent mix but I want to know if I need to put it into peat moss straight away or not? Cheers ;-)
#58 steve_d 2011-02-10 06:37
ned68, a lot of people can answer your question and would be happy to do so in the forum, not here. Forum
#57 ned68 2011-02-10 00:31
I bought a venus fly trap yesterday from homebase but they looked practically dead.I think it was becuase they planted more than one of those plants in the same pot.Should I get another pot or does it just need to be bigger?
#56 steve_d 2010-10-18 19:49
Gabby, this area of is for comments. Ask your question in the FlytrapCare Forum ( for lots of suggestions. :-)
#55 Gabby 2010-10-18 18:13
I just got a Venus Fly Trap yesterday and I love it! I was so excited. I always drew pictures of them and I have one as my cursor then I bought one! What should I name it though? It is like a pet. I'm always taking care of it(: In the day I put it out so it gets warmth, light, and bugs then take it inside during the chilly night. But I really wanna name it and I'm stuck! :| HELP ME!!!
#54 anonamys 2010-09-07 16:36
i love venus flytraps
#53 Barry 2010-07-18 17:57
Or I can copy/paste the section of the article that answers he question:

If you live in a basement or in an apartment with only north facing windows, you might have to use artificial lighting to help your plant grow well. Venus fly traps grow great under fluorescent lights. However, the hard part is providing them with a proper dormancy. If grown under fluorescent lights year round with the same amount of light each day and no dormancy period, Venus fly traps will eventually die. People have successfully grown their plants under lights during the summer and then put them in a cool windowsill, unheated porch or garage, or outside (in milder climates) for their winter dormancy.
As far as the dormancy period goes, the point of inducing dormancy is to give the plant a break from photosynthesizi ng, and placing it in anything other than a cold environment (to simulate the winter months of its native habitat of Green Swamp, NC) will strain the plant. If the temperature is not cold enough then the plant will still be trying to photosynthesize , which it will be unable to do in the dark. A better solution is to place the plant in a plastic bag and keep it in the refrigerator (not the freezer) for the winter months. It will not need sunlight, but keep the soil moist.

Since you live in Canada, however, a sheltered area outside may work fine.
#52 Matt 2010-07-18 15:01
Hi Wendy,

Please join the forum to ask questions such as yours:

#51 Wendy 2010-07-18 14:52
I just got a venus fly trap from the flower store. I live in Canada where the winters get too cold for this plant. I put it in a glass terrarium with lots of peat moss and is pretty damp and moist in there. It has a florencent bulb for light, since i live in a basement, I have no problem in catching bugs for it since i have tarantula as well (whats one more mouth to feed? lol) Is this alright? do i need to find a special light for this plant? is the same soil i use for tarantula (coconut shreddings) alright for it as well? I do have a live cactus growing in with the tarantula, (who seem to like each other). I am wondering if there is something else i should do for the plant that i am missing?
#50 steve_d 2010-07-11 08:42
PaigekylieRaWr, your questions have been answered (many times) in the Forum. Please ask and look for answers there:
#49 paigekylieRaWr 2010-07-10 18:16
I just bought my VFT yesturday at Lowes. I live in North East Texas and it isn't humid or damp. It is dry and I really don't want to kill it. It came in a plastic 'terrarium' and I don't really know if I should keep it in there; seeing as it condensates on the inside and I don't want mold. So from what I have read on this site I took the best measure and I put it in just its plastic pot and put the pot in a dry bowl. I have it under a regular lamp 24hours a day. I dim the lamp at night and I water it everyday. I hope it won't die. If I am doing something wrong will someone please tell me?
#48 alireza 2010-06-12 00:09
hello I have a question,
which color of flourcents lamps is good light for venus? white, ice or yellow?
#47 steve_d 2010-06-07 09:05
Alvaro-- This area is for comments. All questions should be asked in the Forum instead:
#46 Alvaro 2010-06-07 08:47
hello, my problem is that when they are born new traps are starting to put something like a brown color from top to bottom, but the other traps and is very well grown, I know I'm doing something wrong, please help me. I give two hours of direct sunlight a day and 1 inch of water every two days.;-)
#45 steve42424242 2010-05-08 18:16
how loong does it takes for a venus fly trap to grow
#44 srstrap 2010-04-25 17:53
Hi My fly trap is new and I think they are AWESOME. Got any tips? :-*
#43 Jolene 2010-04-14 12:42
Matt, i really feel sorry for you. i'm sitting here going out of my mind already with all these questions, but none the less, Awesome site and thanks for some insight!!!;-)
#42 Jolene 2010-04-14 12:27
Hi, so I’ve just stumbled upon this site hoping to expand my knowledge, its very informative, but here's what I don’t get....

WHY THE HELL are most of these people asking questions that this poor dude (Matt) has already answered?? Are most of you just too lazy to read through everything?? You should! you know, you could learn a few things, like common sense and logic.

Matt has obviously spent a good couple of hours putting all this information together, the least you could do is READ IT!!!!!!


Foamy the Squirrel.
#41 james mikosz 2010-04-07 02:11
hey matt i got my VFT about 3 weeks ago and just recently the traps have stopped working, the leaves are warping slighty but thing is i live in england and its april. is the trap going into dormancy? if so why at this late stage?

thank you
#40 Rosie 2010-03-14 18:49
;-);-);-);-);-) ;-);-) ANYWAY

Hi I just got a VFT hes sooo itty bitty people you can NOT copy the names i have jk go ahead lol!

Gobbles, Seymour, Carnival, Picklo and Itty Bitty

I Have some questions...... .Okay Soooo i got mine as itty bitty creatures at Lowes and i dont think it got much sunlight today we were out and about and it was in the car for about an hour then it got dark but i tink its gonna live anyway so Do they eat during dormancy???
#39 agathorsorryboutthenamehadtochoosedifferentone 2009-12-25 19:54
i have 2 questions i couldnt help myself cause i just got the venus flytrap for christ mas but i fed my plant 4 flys at the same time?

is this a mistake
#38 LBJforever 2009-12-08 14:32
is light necessary during dormancy?If it is, how much and how long?
#37 Mm 2009-10-11 21:29
Hi, if I have to keep them inside, what should I feed them? Should I buy crickets from Petsmart (the one used for reptiles), or is there any special commercially ready solution or pellets?
#36 McKenzie 2009-09-20 09:16
my plants are dieing there dieing :sad:.
#35 Mara 2009-09-13 05:57
I am considering a carnivorous house plant and a Venus Fly Trap is a possibility, in the summer I'd probably keep it outside, but with the winter coming up I probably will wait until next year to put it outdoors. (I live in Canada) I was wondering how necessary a terrarium is for humidity control, especially considering how dry the winter can be in the winter and the fact that our AC takes all the humidity out of the air in the summer. Oh and it would likely not get too much sun unless I made a huge effort because my room is pretty dark during the day and I don't know how keen my parents would be on letting me keep in the rest of the house. (But who knows, my mom does love plants, and it is still just a plant) Are there any other plants I could get (carnivorous of course) perhaps some that don't need much light. Oh and how often do they need to be fed when kept inside, how often do they need to be watered, how long can I be away from home before I will need a plant sitter????????? ?
#34 briana 2009-08-27 09:06
well i live in las vegas nevada and its really dry over here and i have a venus fly trap i dont now if i should keep it indoors or out doors but i think its to hot for it 2 be out side and it could burn it but im scared 2 but the plant inside because its really fresh in side and we always have the aircondition on the whole time
so what should i do to keep my little plant alive???:sad:
#33 Skeechyd 2009-08-25 09:30
i am currently using my old geckos heat lamp. its a 75 watt light and i think it gives off UV rays. is this an ideal light? please help!
#32 Taylee 2009-08-06 13:34
Ok I have recently purchased my very first VFT((venus fly trap)) and i'm a lil concerned about it. I came to this site and I have been following the recommendations for water, sun, and media.... but.. the poor thing is barely making progress on growing. The leaves are getting a lil brown and yellow, and when i first bought it I pruned the dead leaves off. Could it be the fact that I'm giving it bottled pure water? I'm in urgent need to save it. Please help Dx
#31 AndyrandVFL 2009-07-25 04:14
Hi I live in the UK in the north is it to cold to put my plant out side and how long will it take for seeds to actualy start to show pop out of the compost, sprout i noticed someone els asked a simuler question but they did not indicate if they were seed or not mine are they have been in for about 2 weeks i was told it will take 8 weeks is this correct???
and the seeds are in a little plastic green house thing and there names are Fred, Lilly, Yogi + FLY;-);-);-);-) ;-);-);-);-)
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#29 Joel Weng L. Dela Cruz 2009-05-27 21:56
is it OK to use a month old composted collected leaves from my fruits bearing trees (no chemical sprayed at all), my province location is in Barangay Sacrifice Valley, Hermosa, Bataan, Philippines
#28 Joel Weng L. Dela Cruz 2009-05-27 19:26
I bought a pot of VFT with 2crowns on it, after a week I did separate them in two, one getting better but the other one the leaves starting to welt and almost dying. I leave in a 4 storey building and I'm on the 3rd floor, my VFT position is on the North:West side of window plant bow with 5hrs. direct sunlight with full blown of air for the whole day. And i noticed leaves of the better one VFT are look like sun burn and the clamp are small as a piece of Java rice. What should I do? this is my third VFT. No problem with my Sarracinea they tribe well in the bog I'd made in our province even my Nepenthes mirabilis, they tribe well as I almost propagate them succesfully by dividing. Only the VFT is my failure. Pls. help I can't carry anymore if this the better FVT in mine will soon Die.
#27 cristian nuno 2009-05-25 06:58
i have a venus fly trap but can i do this,move my Vft from a east window to a west window(Every day.) both or if you combine the hrs of sunlight,both windows add up to at least 10 hrs of direct sun light.
plz reply;-)
#26 Matt 2009-05-22 03:44

Well, if the best you can do at this point is 2-3 hours of light, then that will have to do. It should be ok. If you feel like your plant isn't healthy, you might want to supplement it's light with artificial lighting.

I'd love to see a photo of your plant. Go ahead and upload one when you get a chance.

I hope to see you on the forum!

#25 Steve 2009-05-21 23:39
i live in greece where there is tons of sunlight, but unfortunately i live in an apartment where the orientation isnt the best, and there isnt enough direct sunlight for them. they are out all day, sometimes i bring them in the house at night.

the best ive managed to get them atm is like, ~2 hours of direct sunlight, & when i say direct, i mean the sun hitting on the leaves directly, without any cloud intervention or something. they still get light from the environment though and from reflections from the marble we have at some parts of the balconies.

i seriously feel it is not enough. id really want to have them all day in the sunlight but the way the balconies are oriented the angle changes all the time and i have to monitor it all the time, and it still gives it like ~3 hours max anyway.

some traps of the plant are very very dark red, and some others hardly have a bit of red color on them, mostly green. i can upload a pic if anyone cares.

what am i supposed to do? ;/
#24 John 2009-05-19 12:57
My venus flytrap hasn't grow any mouths(or heads) but its still growing just without any heads, its this okay. Also my flytrap had a week without growing any leaves but then now is growing one, is there something wrong with it??

#23 hunter 2009-05-15 15:21
matt my fly traps mouth wont open i wanted to make sure it wasalive how long does it take
#22 cristian nuno 2009-05-15 14:55
im planning to buy a venus fly trap and iknow mostley everything, but i was wondering if you can tell me an exact light bulb for a VFT.
plz tell me the type of light to use and how many watts for my plant.

Also,what is the best way to grow the VFT with the red mouths
#21 ... 2009-05-10 05:03
I named each of the heads after my friends, but a good name for a flytrap in general is Jeff. :D
#20 jordan 2009-04-28 16:48
o but i don't have min flaoting i just have a plastic dish that is a little bigger than the venus fly trap pot and fill it with rain water
and min hasn't died it's been growing
#19 jordan 2009-04-28 16:45
well i do that and min has been doing very good ;-)
#18 Some kid in Texas that likes icecream 2009-04-19 09:16
I live in Texas and it's very hot here.
I'm floating my plant in a huge bucket of rain water that recieves a lot of direct sun.
Is that good? ;-)
#17 Matt 2009-04-08 14:05
I don't really understand your question. Are you starting it from seed? If so, it can take up to 5 years to reach adulthood from seed.

And sorry, but I'm not too creative, but perhaps a few suggestions are Chompers, Audrey and Gobbles.
#16 jessica 2009-04-08 11:25
how long does it take for a venus fly trap to grow when you plant it yourself and where is the best place to plant your venus fly trap.

p.s. i want to name my venus fly trap cause i think its going to be cool but i don't know what to name it. do you have any ideas?
#15 Matt 2009-04-07 05:49
How "not werry sunny" is it there? Even an overcast day is better than most grow lights.
#14 Duncan McIntyre 2009-04-07 05:22
hi I got a venus flytrap last year. Should I use a "grow light because it is not werry sunny here???
#13 Matt 2009-03-30 16:32
Yes, it's normal for flytraps to be green. It really depends on their genetics and how much light they get to know if they'll have red traps or not.

If you have any more questions, you should ask them in the forum!

#12 haley 2009-03-30 14:24
hey. i saw some pics of your flytraps, and their 'mouths' are bright red!! i just got my flytrap from a hardware store, and their mouths are green. is this normal? thx! :D
#11 teen 2009-02-09 16:27
wish me luck!
#10 Ian 2009-02-07 12:18
What is the difference between sun light and direct sun light?
#9 Matt 2009-01-25 09:34
Yes, regular fluorescent lights will work fine for germinating seeds.
#8 dave 2009-01-25 09:28
if I plant Dionaea muscipula seeds in a terrarium with regular fluorescent lights do you think the seeds will sprout
#7 tim 2008-12-13 12:00
i got a red dragon venus fly trap the other day and i have them in a tarrium, i have a humity meter in it, i have there humity at about 85%. is this ok?
#6 Venusfly traps 2008-12-06 16:20
Oh ok;-)
Thanks Matt
#5 Matt 2008-12-05 21:18
Since it's winter, you don't need to worry about giving them a ton of light. Also, you don't need to worry about humidity either. I live in Boulder, CO and the humidity here is really low. My plants do great.
#4 Venusfly traps 2008-12-05 16:16
I just got two venusfly traps,its winter so I have to keep them inside. they are getting pretty big for the pot they came in,I was wondering if I could put them in a Aquarium,to keep it nice and humid for them.I give them plenty of light and I make sure there soil is moist.
#3 aj 2008-12-03 03:30
each head eats 3 to 5 flies a month
#2 Matt 2008-05-04 12:45
If you grow your flytrap outside it will catch all the food it needs on its own. It will also be able to get plenty of sunlight, which is important.
#1 Tonya Marley 2008-05-04 09:23
I just bought a flytrap and i dont know if its going to eat, do they just start eating?

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