The Basics of Venus Fly Trap Cultivation

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.


#17 shatadroo dutta 2014-02-03 10:07
hi just planted a flYtrap 7 days ago and how do i make sure that my seed is alive or dead ?
#16 CPcaregiver 2011-08-29 09:24
That VFT looks really happy and healthy.
#15 Hayden 2010-06-14 14:05
Ki, you cant just get the flytrap back from a squirrels mouth. If its been damaged, grow it like normal and see if it comes back to life :-) I suggest you patch up the soil that was dug up. Your flytrap will do fine in a south facing window!

Good luck ;-)
#14 Ki 2010-04-07 13:15
Today the squirrels dug out my VTF and ate it!!!!!!!:sad:
What should I do???????:sad: I actually have 2 VTF's and they only ate one of them.

Please help!!!

You can e-mail me at
#13 gros ta 2009-11-27 12:06
salut tu pu du trou de qu
#12 alyssa 2009-11-24 17:51
i lov fly traps i want 1 4 cristmas;-)
#11 dionaea muscipula 2009-10-10 20:40
hello Ray well your plant probably is not getting enough light. and you should not feed all the traps you can overfeed your plant and your plant may get really sick from that. if you have any more questions you should join the forum and ask them there :-)
#10 ray 2009-10-10 19:00
I bought my plant 3 weeks ago. so far each of the trap have an insect in them...well most are turning black. what have i done? do they turn black once they trap an insect(mostly flies that I help kill-i swat them, then if they are still moving, i placed them in the traps):sad:
#9 dionaea muscipula 2009-10-06 21:18
hello elham you should join the forum almost all your questions will be answered there
#8 elham 2009-08-28 02:28
to whom it may concern.this elham.i am from iran.i want to learn more about these to take care of them and i wonder if i want to import them could you help me?thany you
#7 Matt 2009-06-08 18:08
Hey robby,

Try asking your questions in the forum. You're much more likely to get answers there as I don't often answer questions on the main site in the comments section. It's supposed to be for comments that people have to add to the articles, not really for questions.

And no, the only other soil that might work is coco peat moss, but peat moss is really the only tried and true soil for Venus flytraps.

#6 robbyvft 2009-06-08 17:55
can i seed them in other soil
#5 Andre 2009-05-15 07:57
ok, I just bought a venus flytrap and it very small, what should I do?
#4 Matt 2009-04-13 10:50
Distilled water should be very easy to find and cheap. If you can't find any, you can probably use water from your Brita filter, but chances are that your plant will get sick from the minerals in the water. The Brita filter won't remove most of them and may not remove enough to be safe to use.

You should join the forum and ask questions there. You'll get more responses.
#3 Dan11 2009-04-13 10:14
Hi I have recently bought a Venus Fly Trap and have done some research which says they shouldnt be given tap water only rain or distilled water.
Well the problem is, I live in a flat near London so have very little access to rainwater and making distilled water seems very time consuming and difficult to find to purchase.
What else could I do to give me VFT decent water so it doenst die? I have thought about using my Brita filter to filter the water then give it to the VFT?
Mant thanks for your help.
#2 Matt 2008-10-13 02:48
In general, no, the water that comes from a Brita won't clean out enough of the dissolved solids. However, it's possible that your tap water is better than most. The only way to find out for sure is with a TDS meter.
#1 Jessica 2008-10-12 16:54
Can you water them with water from a Brita filter?

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