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http://www.flytrapcare.com/store/venus- ... care-sheet
and the more detailed information in the links here:
http://www.flytrapcare.com/venus-fly-tr ... ation.html
There is a LOT of misinformation on the internet and even on the care information that comes with plants. The people running this website know what they're doing, and all you need to do is read a bit on the main website and on the forums to see how many people trust them.
If you have an unhealthy plant, before you post a question it is a very good idea to search the forum (there's a box in the top right of the page), because if you're having a problem, there's a very good chance that someone else has had the same problem and has had their question answered already. Try a few keywords and you'll probably be able to find the information you're looking for pretty quickly.
If you can't find the info you need that way, then in order to get a well informed diagnosis as to what is wrong with your plant, there are some things you should definitely include in your post.
1. A picture! Often the easiest way to tell what is wrong is by looking at a picture of the plant.
2. How many hours and what type of light is the plant getting? Natural or artificial? Filtered through a window, or straight sunlight outside?
3. How are you watering? The general rule for flytraps is "moist, not wet." Some of the most common problems are due to over or under watering.
Tips that everyone gets when asking questions:
1. Distilled water!! Or any water that has a TDS value near 0 (Deionized, reverse osmosis, and rainwater usually also fit this)
2. That tiny little pot isn't big enough. Small pots with very little soil dry out very fast and are very easy to keep too wet. It'll be much easier to keep the moisture level correct if you repot into a pot at least 6 inches deep. This also allows for much better root growth, which means a healthier plant.
3. At least 5 hours of direct sunlight a day is best, the more the better. Less, and flytraps won't be as healthy. That being said, if a plant is in a low light environment and you stick it right out in the sun, it might burn, so be sure to look up how to acclimate to sunlight. Artificial lights can be used very effectively, but do your research first.