Venus Fly Traps need three basic things to flourish:


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

A Venus Fly Trap with good coloration

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

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

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

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  • Guest - Tris

    I have a " fang" flytrap which is sending up a new leaf with twin traps, is this unusual or just an occasional treat?

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  • Guest - Ted

    I live in apartment and i have east and west windows.I live in europe,not US.I have a question where to put it in dormancy period.

    from Zagreb, Croatia
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  • There are quite a few options for people who grow indoors, but the most common ones are under artificial lights for the winter on a short photo period of about 8 to 10 hours or in a south-facing windowsill. An east or west facing windowsill could work in a pinch too.

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  • Guest - Ted

    Hey,Tris.It is not something unusual.It can happen sometimes.

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  • Guest - Ted

    Is normal apartment light good for dormancy?I dont have some special terrarium,or something like lightning for that.My plant gets 6 hours of direct sunlight.I need some cheap and easy method for dormancy.And my last question is how much light a day should it get in day?

    from Zagreb, Croatia
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  • Guest - Luke

    Hello. I want to ask a question. So,if weather is kinda bad and cloudy for more days can it trigger dormancy.?

    from New York, NY, USA
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  • Guest - Paul Muddle

    Wherever possible, I avoid using Peat Moss on environmental grounds. I planted a Fly Trap in a 50/50 sand / ericaceous compost mix (on the grounds that ericaceous is nutrient poor). The plant has been watered with rain water and is kept in a greenhouse but is browning off and looks on its way out as do two Drosera it was planted with. On the other hand a Pitcher is flourishing in identical conditions. Any thoughts?? PS: It's trying to flower so I'll cut off the flower stalk and see if that helps.

    from Kent, UK
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  • Guest - Brian

    Paul,you need to use peat.I use peat with my plants and since then they are much better.You should water them with distilled ,rain or RO water.Plants need very acidic soil ,like pH 3.0

    from Seattle, WA, USA
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  • Guest - Yevgeniy

    Hello, so i was wondering if i give my venus flytraps sugary water will it increase plant health.
    Sorry for bad English. Thanks. Greetings from Russia.;)

    from Moscow, Russia
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  • I've never tried this myself, but my guess is that adding sugar to the water wouldn't have much affect, but could certainly increase mold and bacterial growth in the soil. I'd probably not do it, but it could be worth trying on an experimental level.

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