How often should I repot my Venus Fly Trap?

Instructions for repotting a Venus fly trap

Venus Fly Traps respond well to being repotted once a year. The media can get old and compacted making it hard for the roots of the plant to grow. Repotting will assure that the media stays fresh and aerated.

The best time to repot your Venus Fly Trap is in the early spring time just as it is coming out of dormancy. The only time to actively avoid repotting a plant is when it is flowering. However, Venus Fly Traps don't seem to mind being uprooted at any time during the year and usually resume growth within a few days of being repotted.

If you just got a plant from the store, I would recommend repotting it as soon as possible. Usually plants in stores aren't cared for properly and are watered with impure water. These impurities will stay in the media. They might be able to be flushed out with a heavy watering, but it is just easier to mix new media and repot.


#18 Carrie 2012-10-19 10:47
For those worried about traps turning black, this is normal, the container mine came in said after they close 3 times they die back and a new one sprouts :-)
#17 steve_d 2012-03-24 06:39
Your Venus Flytrap needs a dormancy in winter and you're probably keeping it too wet. For more information and explanation, ask your questions in the FlytrapCare Forum (
#16 Farrell 2012-03-24 06:30
I have a venus fly trap that was doing well all summer, but during the winter, although it continues to developo new shoots, they are weak, can't stand upright and just droop over the side of the pot. I keep the soil moist, but haven't fed it anything all winter. Is there somnething that I can add to the soil for nourishment? Do I just have to wait for warm weather and put it outside so it can get enough sun and warmth and catch a bug or two?

I need some help, that's for sure.
#15 Nawaf 2012-02-16 07:03
Well as they said to pot them each year I only re pot them when the pot is to small. ;-)
#14 nic federico 2011-12-09 21:59
i need elp im 14 and got my first venus fly trap i love it and there is a little bug in the wierd looking vine stuff is hat harmful to it and also is ok to feed it mealworms or would he prefer something different also i dont know what a hardiness is i live in the middle of Maine so i dont imagine its very high and should i repot? its in a tall glass vial so i can see the roots im very concerned about my plant as i want it to get big and strong please please please help
#13 Fonz1000 2011-09-24 10:36
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#12 julie 2011-04-28 15:42
my fly trap nearly died cos i forgot to bring it in when the air turned chilly,a few of the traps went black and so did some of the ordinary leaves,i cleared all the dead stuff out and started to feed it with canal water,it took a few days but now it seems to have new life and very soon i will have to repot it,is it the right thing to do,?well we will see i love my vft.
#11 steve_d 2010-06-30 12:33
You will get a nice variety of good answers to your questions at the Forum (
#10 Miracle 2010-06-30 12:18
I just got some of those little monsters as a gift. :-)
I really loved them and want them to be as healthy as possible.
I'm planning to repot them and place them in a big and comfortable pot. :-) But I don't know if I can find ant sphagnum moss.. :/ If I can't, I don't know if not consisting that in the soil would affect its growth.
#9 tom c 2009-12-21 19:28
My venus flytrap is going very well, but the rhizone has split, and i am scared that if i try and repott the second flytrap, i might kill it!
#8 rach 2009-08-23 18:26
My Venus FlyTrap is DEAD..i'm so sad..i can't go through this emotional turmoil anymore!Im never going have another venus flytrap plant again!
#7 sarah 2009-08-12 10:32
My venus fly trap looks lke its dying.
The soil round it keeps geting moss on it.
The plant it self did have flowers on and then they died.
The plant also only has 4 traps on it and they are closed all the time.
Can you suggest anything to help it get back to life?
#6 rach 2009-08-08 18:20
ok it's been a few days since i fed my flytrap fleas, it's still doing ok, not dead, in fact it's growing strong!!! wooo hooo...;-)
#5 rach 2009-08-04 09:02
is it alright to feed my VFT fleas and ticks I caught from my dog? they are about 1/3 the size of my traps and filled with doggie blood..
#4 odie 2009-05-22 05:23
and no slugs either. fruit flys, flys you catch in your home, ifits not an INSECT dont feed it to your traps. and you dont have to feed all the mouths that are open. only maybe 1/2 at a time max. good luck
#3 odie 2009-05-22 05:20
Stop feeding your trap worms. They have a different protine and chemical makeup than insects and will basically poison your plant (same reason you dont feed it hamburger). Only feed your trap insects that are small enough to COMPLEATLY fit in the mouths. tiny/smll feeder crickets are cheep and can ne gotten at almost any pet store. check out for more excelent info on fly traps and other bug eaters. mouths turn black and die on a regular basis when they get too "tired" and new leaves will form. make sure the water you use is as mineral and neutrient free as possible too. check the website. they have a wealth of info. hope this helpes
#2 Matt 2009-05-21 11:41
Try posting in the forum for help. You'll need to upload a photo or give more information about your flytrap. See you in the forum!
#1 Mnm 2009-05-21 11:35
HELP! I have a venus fly trap and it's leaves are turning black and the trap is turning black too! Help me! Is it dying or just sprouting new traps and leaving the old ones behind??? I don't know how old my trap is though. But anyway I generaly feed it slugs, flies, and worms.

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