The importance of clean water for Venus Fly Traps

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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#111 andri 2014-02-24 08:23
i have been boiling tab water is that a bad idea ????
#110 neal sausen 2014-02-18 17:01
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?!
thanx,
Neal Sausen
#109 Hayham 2013-12-26 09:04
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?
#108 chris kuwait 2013-12-01 01:13
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.
don't use purified/filter ed/bottled water. if using artificial light please notice if the green traps are turning reddish(blushin g) means they are happy.
#107 the archel 2013-11-16 19:43
I was wondering if I could put the trap near a fish
#105 Victoria 2013-11-03 13:32
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.
#104 Wilma 2013-10-30 02:12
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).
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.
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.
Great site - if only people will look and learn before questioning!
#103 The kid who bought venus fly traps 2013-10-05 07:31
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!!!????
#102 The kid who bought venus fly traps 2013-10-05 07:25
I bought small venus fly traps in lowes yestersay and i gave it purified drinking water, the water we drink, is that okay?? Nd im feeding them flies but they wnt close!!! :sad:


Josh,

From indianapolis, indiana
#101 Audrey 2013-09-30 19:37
I am a middle school science teacher who is going to try and "raise" a vft this year. I'm hoping to use the wonderment of the vft as a learning tool with my students. They are such beautiful little plants! Thanks for all of the information.
#100 briana simpson 2013-09-29 06:31
please answer my question i bought my fly trap at mijers and its in a plastic container and a couple are dead should i leave it in the container or put in pot on the front it says to leave it in but im not shure there getting good environment :o
#99 Vedran 2013-09-19 08:15
Hy Matt, i'm wondering if you could give me your e-mail adresss so that i send you some photos of my vft so that you could help me with it....i'm new to this tpic so help would be really appreciated, thnx :-)
#98 Jennifer 2013-08-19 07:40
Got my 1st VFT!
Matt, you're a champ. This comment thread alone first made me laugh, then drove me to feel a little crazy, then angry.
Despite peoples stupidity and inability to follow direction, you remain constant in your quest. Thank you for people like you.
#97 Yessenia 2013-07-30 08:13
Hi I just bought a venues fly trap yesterday n It dosent look so good what can I go to get it healthy.
#96 marisha 2013-07-16 18:18
Hey can I send a pic to you and can you tell me if its dead
#95 DaniDuke 2013-05-30 01:04
Thanks for the great info!
#94 jose 2013-05-03 19:36
What are the basics to taking care the venus fly trap?
#93 Jason 2013-05-02 11:30
never used bottled water. only rain water, reverse osmosis, or distilled. it is best to grow them in organic long sphagnum moss. which is what i am growing in now. the moss looks beautiful and can hold about 3 times its weight in water. it is not necessary to feed it. let it capture bugs on its own, keep the soil moist, and give it lots of sunlight.
#92 Bennie 2013-04-09 04:25
I will be starting a Venus flytrap terrarium in a few months; a 10 or 15 gallon tank with a 40w T5 6500k florescent light. I will also use one layer of drainage material, one layer of sphagnum moss, one layer of charcoal, topped with the growing medium. I will water with.store bought distilled water. I live in an apartment in Cleveland, Ohio, with only north windows. I hope my grwing method will be ok for my New plants! Does that sound ok?
#91 Mckayla 2013-03-18 15:06
what should I feed it if there aren't any bugs in the house for it to eat?
#90 Samanthad75 2012-12-04 07:59
First, GREAT SITE.

Secondly, I have to wonder how it is possible that so many ppl can manage to write but can not read.

A) 90% of the questions asked were answered in the very well written and informative article above.

B) Big red letter is says This area is for COMMENTS ONLY.

BUT, I have a solution for those of you who have not seemed to have figured one out yet and in the long run, it will be an investment that will make it free to water your fly traps for free and mae it a safe water source for you.

Step 1. Go to your local megamart/superm arket/Walmart/T arget/Meijer/ec t store and buy 3 gallons of DISTILLED water, if you can not locate it yourself (Make sure the bottle states "DISTILLED" on the label) ask an associate for help, that is what they are paid for. You will also want to purchase (if you do not already have one) a funnel

Step 2. Go to your local hardware store such as Lowe's/Home Depot/Menards/A ce/Tru Value/ect and purchase 1- 5 gallon bucket, no cover needed.

Step 3. Place purchased 5 gallon bucket outside in your yard where rain will be deposited into it when it falls. So make sure that it is not under an over hang or otherwise covered. Don't place it under a tree if possible, birds over head can make a bit of a mess if you catch my meaning.

Step 4. Once you have emptied one of the gallons of the distilled water you should have started to gather rainwater in your gallon bucket. Now you can start to refill your gallon bottles with rain water for free with the funnel (supply your own cup)

This is LIKE making your own Venus Fly Trap Bottled Water. Perfectly safe for them and free for you. Green and free and will keep them healthy and safe for years to come. In the wintertime, in the northern states, don't worry about the ice cracking your bucket or anything and just gather snow instead of rain. If you do it right, you should be able to use the bucket to bring in snow by the bucketful rather than worry about ice anyways.

Good luck and I look forward to my 2 new babies I just got yesterday, which is lent me to search out this site myself.

Samanthad75
#89 ned 2012-10-19 10:58
ok, so the forum thing wasnt working so i need to ask this here. i live in minnesota and i just got a new flytrap so i need a little bit of help about what i should do with it in the winter and in general:-)
#88 ARON 2012-09-06 20:09
Is filtered water ok? I just got one today...
#87 Dez 2012-07-31 11:10
Oops... Emm... Well, now I know.
#86 SM 2012-07-25 06:20
I have a trap that was watered a few times with tap water; is it possible to remove those build ups of disolved solids by saturating the media with distilled water? Or is it a situation where if the plant is looking bad, it's already a gonner?
#85 steve_d 2012-07-24 17:35
No, sea water is not OK. No, boiled water is not OK. Both contain concentrated soluble material. To ask questions, join the FlytrapCare Forum (http://www.FlytrapCare.com/phpBB3/).
#84 MJDeane 2012-06-24 13:17
Hi, well done on a fab site!
A bit late for me as I've only just found this site as my first one's dieing after a different site told me I needed a cloch/cover. I think it's rotted to death with a bit of fungus thrown in. At least I'll know for my next attempt and stick with your advice.
MJD
#83 allison 2012-05-24 12:05
how shoud i plant a Venus flytrap?
#82 allison 2012-05-24 11:59
is sea water ok for Venus flytraps?
#81 allison 2012-05-24 11:54
how often do I have to water a Venus Flytrap
#80 steve_d 2012-05-21 08:29
No, it's not OK to use boiled water for Venus Flytraps. For the complete reason why, ask the question in the FlytrapCare Forum (http://www.flytrapcare.com/phpBB3/) (since as the red text says, this area is for comments (not questions)). ;-)
#79 linn 2012-05-21 08:12
is it ok to use boiled water after it has cooled down?
#78 wiki234 2012-05-07 13:30
i need help with my water,i used room temp bottled water, is that ok? and if not then s there a way to lower the stuff that tries to kill the plant? from the bottled water?
#77 jp 2012-04-22 13:21
Hey I'm just a 13 year old kid that got one of these plants.
I want to grow big ones. But I am strugling to understand all
These things. Can somebody plese help me narrow everything down
#76 CPer 2012-03-14 18:21
Starbucks uses reverse osmosis water and usually does not charge customers if they ask for water instead of coffee/etc.

So next time you are in Strabucks ask for a venti water (no ice) then you will have a good amount of reverse osmosis water that you can use for your venus flytrap.
#75 melvin burles 2012-02-01 10:11
i think my VFT is nearly dead but will try again having read all the good tips:-)
#74 steve_d 2011-11-09 06:40
Questions should not be asked here but instead in the FlytrapCare Forum (http://www.flytrapcare.com/phpBB3/)
#73 Challenger 2011-11-09 00:34
My plant is kept on the windowpane right above the radiator. Can I still keep it here during winter or should I take it outside to simulate the winter weather. I live in Munich so its pretty cold.

Should I water it differently or continue with the same. I've had it for a decent 4 months and it seems to be doing really well up to now.

Thanks
#72 Jtylerh 2011-09-21 21:01
I love my fly trap! Tips 4 all of you would be only use rain or distiller water no acceptions! They don't need bugs just make sure you give it lots of sun and always keep the soil damp not wet or dry. Have fun. Trim off the traps that die. Don't expect your first attempt at raising a fly trap to work out they are picky plants and it take a bit of time to get used to them! Dont start out with seeds. If you feed it never ever give it anything it could not catch itself in the swamp. And no they can't catch hamburger, don't be silly it will kill it! But most of all care for it like a child... No JK I'm not that freaky about plants.;-)
#71 tdismang 2011-07-23 20:01
This website is amazing! But I think the admins could be saved a lot of annoyance and frustration by disabling the comment feature, since people obviously don't get that it's for commenting, not questions.
#70 zeitgeistt 2011-07-20 09:43
i love just leaving the pot in the water,
#69 Acidburn 2011-07-16 22:10
i was wondering if you can buy distilled water? like in target store. will this be good or what do i do?
http://www.target.com/Market-Pantry-Distilled-Water-Gallon/dp/B004KD7A3S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&searchView=grid5&keywords=Distilled Water&fromGsear ch=true&sr=1-1& qid=1310878594& rh=&searchRank= target104545&id =Market Pantry Distilled Water Gallon&node=103 8576|1287991011 &searchSize=30& searchPage=1&se archNodeID=1038 576|1287991011& searchBinNameLi st=subjectbin,p rice,target_com _primary_color- bin,target_com_ size-bin,target _com_brand-bin& frombrowse=0
#68 joe 2011-06-01 15:52
okay everybody, distilled water costs A DOLLAR A GALLON, and rain water is FREE. how hard is it to buy one gallon, which will water your plant for well over a month, maybe even two? the time you spent on here asking about other types of water you could have spent getting the water recommended by every carnivorous plant website on the internet. everybody who asked about the different types of water are obviously unexperienced, so your plants are gonna die anyways.
#67 dreamcreek 2011-05-30 00:33
Thank you so much for this information! This cleared up a lot of things and probably prevented me from doing something that would've killed my VFT. Great website! :>
#66 Ed 2011-05-12 11:50
Great site, I've learned a lot about Flytraps,

TY
#65 jd 2011-05-08 17:00
Is it okay if 1/2 of the fly i fed it yesterday and it had half of the bug sticking out. Is that alright?
#64 Louis 2011-05-01 19:28
Can I use melted ice from my freezer
#63 Dufty07 2011-01-29 18:52
Hi guys, Great web site. My little vft's are now 2 years old thanks to the wealth of information and advice from here, and the FORUM. Top site....THANK YOU...
#62 steve_d 2010-12-17 19:35
prahnaplant001 asks: "Ive seen people use fish bowls and mist them instead of having them constantly soak in the water. Is that okay to do?"

No, it's not OK. To find out why, and because as the bright red type says, this area is for comments only not questions, join the FlytrapCare Forum! :-)

FlytrapCare Forum, http://www.FlytrapCare.com/phpBB3/
#61 pirahnaplant001 2010-12-17 17:45
Ive seen people use fish bowls and mist them instead of having them constantly soak in the water. Is that okay to do?
#60 adamjoetan 2010-12-04 20:54
Would a bottle of Pure Drinking Water to the Trick?
#59 Edmond 2010-11-29 21:10
hi since my venus fly trap is going to go into dormancy will all the leafs turn black and re color back in spring and does the leafs look very dead black?

thank you flytrapcare.com
your so helpful.
#58 Joyce 2010-11-27 21:15
I bought 2 traps the other day & didn't realise you shouldn't give them tap water. Thanks for the info on this site. Hopefully these 2 plants will survive as my first attempt ended in death I think it was a combo of bad light & bad water.
#57 Duvet 2010-10-21 10:08
I have a tiny question about watering the fly traps. If I cannot find distilled water, or collect rain water, is there any way that I could use regular water? Or could I use bottled table water for her?
#56 ... 2010-08-07 20:08
can i put some tap water dechlorinator (i.e. for aquariums) in some ordinary tap water for my plant?
#55 libby gilbert 2010-08-04 05:44
hi every one

i just got my very first VFT - and im very excited. all i want to know is it ok if i use rain water ?? please answer or comment. i realy dont want it to die :sad:

thanks all xx
#54 flytrap lover 2010-07-22 17:44
i have been doing everything it says to take care of my venus fly trap but it's dying on me does anyone know why?
#53 jamnut 2010-07-14 22:33
Wow the answers to 95% of these questions can be found by reading the information already on the site, which has been very helpfull by the way.

#52 Hayden 2010-06-14 14:09
Janene. Venus flytraps come from the bogs of America, so are used to all sorts of weather! No, never use fertilised soil.

Devile - Whats the point in wasting 4l of fridge space for something that does a plant no good?

Just a thing to all the food question people - It isnt needed for a flytrap, aslong as you result to the sun, water and soil.

I suggest for a wider range (And more expert advice) you go to the forum.
#51 DeviLe15 2010-05-20 07:14
If you repotted your VFT in fertilized soil, it will burn the roots. I'm sure there is a section in this website that talks about it. Are yyou using proper water? I doubt boiling normal tap water works. I use distilled water. I have barely had my plant for a week. Maybe 4 days :D So I don't know by experience, but most from theory. Is it in a cold area? VFT are tropical, so they would naturally like a warm environment,
#50 DeviLe15 2010-05-20 07:09
I bought a 4L distilled water and put it in the fridge. I want to know if it is ok to put it in the fridge for the plant. Since they don't like the cold, I don't think they would like it if you watered with cool water. Should I store the water out of the fridge?
#49 LFTal_81 2010-05-16 11:14
hi all.
One important thing i have noticed with the death of my last VFT.
I live in a area with lots of air pollution including an petrochemical plant. If you live in a similar area and use rain water or your VFT's stay outside. Avoid collecting water from at least the firs 3-4 downpours since this rain is usually very acidic and contains high amounts of solids. Bring your VFt's inside during this time. They will die if left outside.
#48 Omg 2010-05-09 23:18
I just happened to be browsing google on venus fly traps and came across this site which I found very helpful. I couldn't help but laugh though after seeing the request to post questions in the forum and the very next post would be another question! Anywho, thank you very much for all the articles and a forum for questions. :-)
#47 Danny 2010-04-23 15:05
myplant can never catch food by itself i put it next to a plant with 10 flies on it the flys stare at it and then just leave never get on the plant or even on the pot.i have to catch food myself.but 1 more thing were the flies are and my plant is there is shade.doese that affect anything?i still put it in full sunlight for at least 11 hours doese sunlight produce the nectar or what? thnx danny
#46 Ki 2010-03-29 16:47
Can I use water that has been steam distilled?

I appriciate it if you answered my question.:-)
#45 Ki 2010-03-28 14:53
Can I use boiled water too water my flytrap?
#44 raymond hughes 2010-03-08 20:15
Im considering buying a venus fly trap but i wanna know what type of bugs would be acceptable to give it and if i cooked my water on the stove to clean it then cooled it would it be helpfull to water it with that please email me
#43 Janene Price 2010-02-17 14:16
I'm so scared my fly trap (or Serena as I have called it) is dying! I am from New Zealand and it's SO hard to find them to buy! It sort of looks like it's going through the dying process :cry: can anyone give me tips on how to bring my babe back to life? I have re potted it but I think that made it worse!

It's great to look at everyone's feedback + comments :-)
Janene xx
#42 Oddball 2010-02-09 10:15
This site is great.I'm hopeing to get a Venus Fly Trap sometime in August. You have helped me and other beginner Fly Trap owners how to care for our plants keep up the good work :D And Oddball isn't my real name it's actully my cats
#41 Earl 2010-01-23 02:10
If you let the tap water sit for a day or so dos that work?
#40 Akira 2009-12-21 01:26
hi there :-)

i have just brought pure dew water from the super market. it says they use a combination of steam distilling, RO, filtration and ozonation. its mineral free and has no solids. is that water ok for my venus fly traps?
#39 Jojo 2009-11-24 17:28
;-);-):sad:omg I'm a first timer at this and I'm looking for a site with information. Question: Is it ok for me to put my fly trap under a lamp next to a window? Sincerely the one who's a first timer at this and really needs information about Venus fly traps. Jojo a 10 year old..
#38 yo 2009-09-01 02:47
can someone give me some tips on how to grow a venus flytrap in a tropical area? it is very humid and its summer all year round. i am a beginner and dont know anyhting about them.
#37 manzano167 2009-08-14 21:12
can i put ice water from tap water to water my venus fly trap seeds?
#36 Sarah 2009-08-01 11:26
can u water your plant by spraying it with bottles like hair spritzer bottles, but with tap water in them? is that safe for the plant?
#35 Jeremy 2009-07-20 07:09
can u use bottled water
#34 Johnny 2009-07-15 15:11
I have recently started growing fly traps from seed and have been using sterilized water to water them! Is this ok or does sterilized water still contain impurities? Thanks!
#33 omar 2009-07-12 13:35
i am growing a venus flytrap and i know it needs to be kept humid but i live in california and its very hot and dry,u said it should be best to keep it outside what do i do?
#32 Matt 2009-06-12 15:41
Jackie,

Questions should be asked in the forum. This section is for comments on the articles.

Quick answer - Your venus flytrap will be fine if it never eats a bug in its entire life.

Matt
#31 Jackie 2009-06-12 15:34
my Venus Flytrap doesnt eat any bugs? I live in an appartment and will likely keep it inside. Because it's summer time I of course keep my door and windows wide open, but I usually do not see any flies or bugs in my appartment - will it die without food? Or is it a good idea to buy bugs to feed it?
#30 louis 2009-05-28 03:59
what happens if i feed my fly trap to many bugs
#29 jordan 2009-04-29 11:31
Never feed it hamburger meat and give it rain water thats the best becuase even bottled water has clorine becuase everything we drink has clorine and it will catch it's own food and they usally eat 2 bugs a month and they grow good
#28 kaylee 2009-04-29 09:57
hi!my mom just recently bought me a venus fly trap,it has caought to flys already,but incase it can't is there any other food we could feed it?I heard you could give it hamburger meat but i am unsure,also whe watering the plant,can you use spring water?Please let me know,thanks.:-)
#27 Ian 2009-04-23 16:50
Really, just don't use tap water. Distilled, Rain, or RO water only-at least untill you gain experience :-).

Standing water can be detrimental to the Venus Flytrap. They are prone to rot (as [Matt] you probably know). It is best to let the water disapear for a little bit before adding water to the tray, as long as they don't dry out. Dry kills. Too much water kills. Overwatering often leads to sudden death; therefore it is best to keep the soil moist, but never wet. No water should be vissible if you happen to press on the soil.

Larger pots allow for more mistakes, and beginners make mistakes, so I recommend a 4-6 inch pot. The six inchers can accomodate even the most mature flytraps.

Great Job Matt,

and happy growing for the rest of you.
#26 Matt 2009-04-20 17:00
Filtered water usually won't do. You should try to use distilled water, rain water or reverse osmosis water.
#25 Vince 2009-04-20 16:38
I currently just got a venus fly trap. I currently put in a cap's measurement (the cap from the arrowhead bottle) of arrowhead before reading the information on the website. Um will it impact that great on the venus flytrap? And I currently use this "PUR" water filtration pitcher. Is that safe enough water for my venus flytrap?
#24 Matt 2009-04-20 06:01
Yes, if you are talking about using the water from the freezer, that should be fine to use.
#23 Aaron 2009-04-20 03:28
Is it safe to use fridge water for my Venus fly trap?
#22 lap 2009-04-11 01:59
wich one is more haelthyer to use hot or cold water on the venus-flytrap.
#21 Matt 2009-04-06 18:39
Yes, you can use shallower pots.
#20 Sagal 2009-04-06 17:34
I have noticed that alot of people's pictures are using really deap pots, since the roots dont go that deep is it ok to use shallower pots or would that be bad?
#19 Matt 2009-03-09 03:16
Questions are actually meant for the forum. You can join the forum by clicking on the Forum link at the top or right side of any page.

Quick answers to your questions:
1) Some people top water their plants, but usually misting doesn't do much. Bottom watering is the preferred method.
2) No, boiled tap water is actually worse for your plants than regular tap water. Boiling the water increases the amount of dissolved solids by making the clean water evaporate.
#18 Datter 2009-03-08 20:37
Despite the description you gave, I am still abit confused. To prevent stagnation, can I choose not to place my flytrap on a bowl with water on it and just use a spray bottle to spray some water at the plant? Secondly, can I use boiled tap water to water my plants?
Many Thanks!
Datter
#17 Matt 2009-02-28 06:27
The comment sections on the pages are really for comments, not questions. For questions, you'll get better responses if you ask them in the forum. Click on the "Forums" link across the top of the page or on the left navigation menu to get into the forums.

In any case, your seeds might need longer to germinate, or they might never germinate. Seed kits aren't very good to try for a first timer. The seeds have usually set on the shelf for too long and aren't viable any longer.
#16 Dan 2009-02-28 05:53
I bought a Venus Fly Trap seed kit sometime in January and it told me to prepare the seeds by imitating a dormancy period first. So as it said, I put the seeds in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for 3 weeks and then planted them in a pot with a sand/acidic soil mixture. It's completely damp and sealed inside a plastic bag. The next step was to put it in direct sunlight. I've tried setting it under a south facing window and then under a bright fluorescent plant light. I have yet to see any growth for about a month.

Am I doing anything wrong? Or does it just take a little longer?
#15 Matt 2009-02-12 08:29
Scott,

You'll find tons of information on this in the forum, but basically you just sprinkle the seeds on top of the peat moss and keep them very moist until they germinate then you put them in a sunny windowsill to continue growing.
#14 Scott 2009-02-12 02:06
Hi there,

Just got my seeds, i've put the pot of soil (correct soil i was given with the seeds) in a tray of rain water untill the top soil is wet / damp, now it's time to put the seeds in!

Questions:

1) Do I sprinkle the seeds on the top or make a little hole and plant them then cover it over?

2) How oftern do you water them?

Many thanks!

Scott
#13 teen 2009-02-09 16:26
:o woah, thak god i got to this info when i did!
~teen
#12 Matt 2009-02-06 15:11
Yep, clean snow will work great for your flytrap!
#11 Nate 2009-02-06 14:40
In the winter, is it ok if I collect unstepped on snow, then boil it and give it to my flytrap?
#10 Matt 2009-01-08 14:58
Unfortunately no Tom, well water isn't ok for venus fly traps. Any type of ground water will usually have a lot of dissolved solids in it, which can accumulate in the media and poison your plant. You should collect rain water, melt snow or buy distilled water for your plant.
#9 Tom 2009-01-08 14:53
Would well water be okay for a venus flytrap? My town has no public water source whatsoever.
#8 Matt 2008-12-10 04:00
Karen,

I'm glad to hear that you found the website helpful. I'd love to hear updates on your progress. Did you join the community yet? If not, you should soon so that you can post on the forum and upload photos. There are tons of people hear that would love to hear about your plants.

Matt
#7 Karen Hobbs 2008-12-09 21:05
Great site, very helpful. I'm a first time owner of my Venus fly trap, and I can't thank you enough for all the info. Look forward to keeping you updated on the progress.

Best regards,

Karen
(South Africa)
#6 Matt 2008-09-04 03:04
Arrowhead water will likely not be safe. You need to make sure you use distilled water. Feel free to ask questions like this in the forum!
#5 Terrence 2008-09-03 18:01
is arrowhead water safe enough for the plant
#4 Matt 2008-08-08 18:41
It could be the water. It depends on what method you are using to collect it. If you are sure that it is clean, then it could be something else. You might want to try repotting into new, clean media and water with distilled water only for a month or so to see if the plants recover.
#3 Dom 2008-08-08 17:28
I watered my first trap with chlorine water for a week or two but when i got two new flytraps i started watering with rain water i collected. ive been doing this for almost a week. I noticed the first trap i got was starting to get little wrinkles and now one part of it has a very subtle tinge of light brown i noticed. is this the water? how do i correct this?
#2 Matt 2008-08-01 03:39
You will definitely still have to water them. Do you have any particular reason for growing them in a terrarium? Venus Fly Traps don't usually make very good terrarium pets. It's possible to grow them in terrariums, but they are healthier and more robust if they are grown outside.

If you have any more questions, you should join the forum and ask them there. I hope to hear more about your growing experiences on the forum. Best of luck with your flytraps!
#1 Alan King 2008-07-31 18:20
Hi There from the UK

If I have flytraps in a terrarium - is the natural condensation which forms enough to keep the plants healthy or should I water as well?

Any tips would be appreciated

very helpful site by the way

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