What are the basic things to know to keep a Venus Fly Trap alive?

There are really only 4 things Venus Fly Traps require to stay healthy:
  1. Sunlight: At least 4 hours of direct sunlight a day
  2. Water: rain, distilled or reverse osmosis water only
  3. Soil: Nutrient poor soil such as peat moss or sphagnum moss
  4. Dormancy: Venus Fly Traps require a 3-4 month dormancy period

Venus fly traps require a lot of light. They should receive at least 4 hours of direct sunlight a day with 6 to 8 hours being ideal. It is best to grow your fly trap outside where it can get plenty of sun and catch its own food. It isn't necessary to feed a Venus Fly Trap anything other than sunlight and water. If you do choose to feed it, don't over do it. Feed it only insects and at most only a couple a month.

Venus fly traps need clean water. Usually tap water will not do. It is best to use distilled water, rain water, or reverse osmosis water. Venus fly traps need water with a TDS (total dissolved solids) measurement of 50 ppm (parts per million) or less. In order to get this, you probably need to use distilled water or reverse osmosis water or rain water. If desired, you can use a TDS meter to test your tap water and see if it is usable. I have read that growers use water with a TDS measurement between 50 ppm and 100 ppm, but this requires regular repotting to prevent mineral buildup in the soil. Venus Fly Trap soil should be kept wet at all times. It is best to use a tray and set the plant in about 1/2 inch of water.

If your Venus Fly Trap needs to be repotted, for soil you should use a combination of peat moss and perlite. Most growers use a 50:50 mix of peat moss and perlite or peat moss and horticultural grade sand. Pure peat moss works well also. Venus Fly Traps aren't picky, but be sure to use some form of peat moss or sphagnum peat moss to ensure that the media is nutrient poor. Using perlite or vermiculite helps keep their soil aerated which stimulates root growth, but in my growing experiences I haven't noticed much of a difference between using pure peat or adding perlite. It is also important to note that clay pots shouldn't be used because the minerals in the clay can seep into the soil and eventually cause harm to a Venus Fly Trap. For this reason, it's best to use plastic pots. I prefer 3 inch or 4 inch pots because they provide enough room to accommodate the roots well.

When summer is over and fall has started, it is time to think about providing dormancy for your Venus Fly Trap. Without a dormancy period, your plant's health will start to decline and it will eventually die. You can read more about your options for providing dormancy on the Venus Fly Trap Dormancy page, or in the Venus Fly Trap Dormancy FAQ section.

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  • Hello, i am a "newby" to carnivorous plants and this cool community, i recently discovered my interest in growing these awsome plants. I currently am trying to absorb any and all information on venus fly traps and sundews. I think i got everything undercontrol with my plants, and always thinking of new ways to grown them. I currently am waiting for my first 2 VFT seeds to come out of the soil. I also have a big mouth im growing from a nursery and 2 regular VFT traps, all 3 in a terrarium. <br /><br />Right now my only questions is, on my plants that are already a few years old i bought, the leaves are bending way over into the soil and then turning black or just getting messed up. how do i prevent them from getting the traps into the soil around them. i put rock on the surface today to prevent the traps from getting wet from touching the surface but some of the traps are already doomed.<br /><br />i was wondering if there is anyways to get them to grow in a nice clump like in some of the pictures i see on this website, the plants look like a small clump of traps. My traps are spread out and in all directions. ill summit some photos of what i am talking about.<br /><br />I was also looking for information on what to do after you get them to produce seeds. Do you have to put them in the frigde like the other seeds i bought from a "grow VFT yourself" or the sundews that are currently in my frigde for 8 weeks. And if you dont have to put knewly collected seeds in the fridge then how long do they last before going bad or is there a way you can get them to stay healthy seeds for a long time. <br /><br />Also any ideas of cool terrarium ideas would be much appreciated. Also if anyone has any really sufficient says of growing them would be much appreciated. Im always looking for cool containers to grow them in. even though i dont have seeds yet. <br /><br />Thank you ALL. I look forward to commits and sharing ideas and stuff. Thanks

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  • Guest - louis

    ;-) this is all great info, but i think you put a bit to much info on, you over load people, but still a great website, 10/10:-)

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  • :D i have found on my plant that has create flowers but they died very quickly 1-2, and its gone black but theres some green leaves that has not died and the stork has not died ether, plez help.

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  • fly catching fly thing has not gone red it's still green, its a little red but hardly so what do i d to get it to go red like the pictures you have on front page thnxs kam

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  • Guest - jaban

    Do they spread into new traps? After they flower that is

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