Using pure water is essential to the health of a Venus Fly Trap. In general, tap water is not a good idea. The dissolved solids that are in tap water - namely sodium, calcium, alkaline salts, sulfur, chlorine and magnesium - are detrimental to the health of your Dionaea. Although it may not be immediately apparent with a few waterings, over time, the dissolved solids will begin to build up in the soil and can lead to a sickly looking plant and eventually death of the plant.

Venus Fly Traps and all other carnivorous plants should only be watered with distilled water, rain water, reverse osmosis water (from an RO system). However regarding tap or well water, if one measures the water with a TDS (total dissolved solids) meter which indicates a TDS measurement of less than 50 ppm (parts per million), it is safe to use for Venus Flytraps and other carnivorous plants. Although higher levels of TDS can be tolerated (up to 100 ppm (parts per million)) or so, in that case the growing medium would need to be flushed occasionally by watering several times over a period of several hours or perhaps a day, and the plants may benefit from repotting (changing the growing medium) once per year or so.

During their active growing season, Venus Flytraps should be monitored, especially during hot and dry weather, to ensure that their growing medium does not dry out completely. The growing medium ideally should be just moist, not soggy or waterlogged. Therefore the tray method (described and pictured below) is best used only while Venus fly traps are in direct sunlight in hot weather, or when one goes on vacation to ensure that the medium does not dry completely. Otherwise, if the Venus flytrap and growing medium can be monitored, it is best to water and then allow the medium to dry until just moist before watering again. It is especially important during their dormancy to avoid wet conditions when it is very cool or cold at the same time. Because Venus fly trap should be kept cool for much of the time during their dormancy, it is best to allow the growing medium to become almost dry before watering again. Sometimes this means watering only 2-3 times per month during dormancy, depending on weather, humidity and the size of the pot the Venus fly trap is growing in (larger pots often retain water for a longer period). So keeping Venus flytrap soil "moist, not wet" most of the time is a good general rule, and it should be less moist most of the time during its dormancy when the air is cool to cold.

One way to water a Venus Flytrap is the tray method. Below you will see a photo of the tray method which involves setting a pot with drainage holes in the bottom of it in a tray of distilled or other pure water. Most media (soil) that Venus fly traps are potted in is very good at retaining water. The media will soak up water from a tray or bowl almost like a sponge.The tray method works well when plants are actively growing, are in lots of direct sunlight, and the weather is warm, or during vacations when one is not able to check one's plants. However, the tray method is often not a good method to use all the time (see the paragraph above).


Venus Fly Trap in tray of standing water



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  • Guest - The kid who bought venus fly traps

    I also put miracle grow, sorry, :sad: but the lowes person said that that was the kind of soil needed for it . On the cover is said peat moss and sphagnum. Is that bad or good!!!????

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  • Guest - Wilma

    I'm also amazed at the amount of people who ask the same questions over and over - can't they read (I mean watering instructions are so clear and concise).<br />I am actually an orchid freak and only have the carnivours to catch the midges that live in the damp bark (they eat well). The fly-trap and sundew share an open glass container, three times the hight of the pots (this keeps the humidity inside)... and yes, they only get distilled water in the base of the container.<br />The sundew made a long stem and flowers way above the container which I had to support with thin wire. GUESS WHAT! the seeds from the flower must have dropped into the fly-trap pot and I now have baby sundews ...looking very healthy.<br />Great site - if only people will look and learn before questioning!

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  • Guest - Victoria

    I was shocked when i saw all the questions XD i figured hey he said 'forum is for questions' like a billion times XD i don't need tips, amd im not here to ask any questions but i did find your site VERY helpful, and if people had actually read the first part and clicked the 3 basic needs links, it literally tells you the answer to almost all the questions people asked. i sat here laughing for a good 10 minutes. but i do take name suggestions if anyone feels like they have a good idea. I think I'll name it either audrey(hope people get the reference) or even diane. haha again its a pun. am i weird for naming plants? like this one moves, its more than just a plant but still... ah well in short, thanks and READ THE POOR GUY"S LINKS! he shouldn't need to explain things he has already said.

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  • I was wondering if I could put the trap near a fish

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  • Guest - chris kuwait

    i am using the water from my central AC and my traps are growing like crazy i mean actively growing!!! just follow the 3 simple things, proper light,water and medium.<br />don't use purified/filtered/bottled water. if using artificial light please notice if the green traps are turning reddish(blushing) means they are happy.

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  • Guest - Hayham

    I have my traps in a terrarium, and when I first placed the soil, I moistened it with tap water. Should this be a problem?

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  • Guest - neal sausen

    Please recomend what brands of "DISTILLED WATER" are "SAFE" (as to SODIUM CONTENT) for "C.P's." I've been using "Alhambra" & "Sparkletts" brands. Are these O.K. to use?!<br /> thanx,<br /> Neal Sausen

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  • Guest - andri

    i have been boiling tab water is that a bad idea ????

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  • Guest - Sherry Allen

    I just received my third plant in good condition. Some black on stems. I use filtered water at room temperature and a plant light. Is filtered water ok to use?

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