Growing Venus flytraps

Venus flytraps 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 flytrap as you see below in the photo. Below the photo is a brief summary of the care needs of a Venus flytrap.

Give Venus flytraps as much light as you can. Full direct sunlight at least four hours a day is best, though Venus flytraps can flourish under strong artificial lighting as well.

Water them with “pure” water (low in mineral content), either distilled, rainwater, or other water that has a low concentration of dissolved solids. For optimal growth, do not keep Venus flytraps sitting in water. They prefer to have their soil always damp, never dry, and not too wet for too long.

Plant Venus flytraps 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 flytrap soil too.

A Venus Fly Trap with good coloration
A Venus flytrap with good coloration

If possible, keep the ambient humidity high, though this is not critical. Venus flytraps 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 leaves and traps.

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 flytrap you can gently pry the rosettes apart and have separate Venus flytraps. 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.