Venus flytraps are amazing plants to have. They are like having a plant and a pet at the same time. It’s a wonderful learning experience for kids of all ages (that includes grown ups), but they can and mostly do die after people bring them home from the store. One tip is to make sure to repot them in a bigger pot as soon as you can. Below are more growing and care tips to help keep your Venus Flytrap alive.
Sun – Venus Flytraps need 6 hours of direct sunlight or more a day, though they can survive off of only 4 hours a day of direct sunlight.
Soil – The best potting mix to use for these carnivorous plants is Carnivorous Plant Potting Mix.
Spacing – Plant your Venus Flytrap in a 4”/10cm to 6”/15cm pot to give it room to spread out and grow.
Water – Lightly water them every 10 to 14 days or whenever the soil feels almost fully dry.
Food – Venus Flytraps need meat to survive but not just any meat. It has to first be a small insect, it has to be alive, and it has to be moving. They need to be feed only insects that when put into its mouth is small enough for the leaves to fully close around it. If it is to big the plant will not be able to eat it and they both will just rot and die.
Annual or Perennial – Venus Flytraps are perennial plants that can live up to 20 years given the right conditions.
Climate/Hardiness – These plants are not cold hardy and she be protected from cold temperatures, frost, and snow.
Transplant – Always repot Venus Flytraps in the spring even if they are grown indoors.
Tips – 1. Try not to feed your Venus Flytraps flys that you find around local trash cans as those flys can have disease that can harm and destroy your plant.
2. Never fertilize the soil of a Venus Flytrap because it will destroy the plant.