Plant Care Red Piranha

Red Piranha

4.4 out of 5 (128 experiences)

Red Piranha has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Red Piranha has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Venus Fly Trap


Dionaea muscipula

How to care for Red Piranha


How often to water your Red Piranha

Water needs for Red Piranha
0.5 cups
every 7

Red Piranha needs 0.5 cups of water every 7 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Red Piranha

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Venus Fly Trap in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Red Piranha: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Red Piranha love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Red Piranha does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Red Piranha in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Red Piranha

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Red Piranha: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Red Piranha after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Care Summary for Red Piranha

Red Piranha

Red Piranha

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 7 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Red Piranha has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 50
Red Piranha has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 43
Red Piranha has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 36
Red Piranha has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 34
Red Piranha has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 13
Red Piranha has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 10
Red Piranha has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 8
Red Piranha has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 2
Kane avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 100 XP
globe Superior, Wisconsin

Spaghnom moss is a must

Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 673 XP
globe Biloxi, Mississippi

Honestly this is for my son. He love carnivorous plants. Let’s hope we can keep him alive.

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 105 XP
globe Kingsport, Tennessee

it’s hard to find a happy medium for this one, sometimes it’s super healthy and other times it dies back like it is now :( i started them from seeds so i’m not giving up!

Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 182 XP

You should set them outside where there are a lot of bugs. I set it on my front porch where I get a lot of bugs. Very easy to care for! All you gotta do it just give it bugs and water it and it will be happy :))

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 158 XP
globe Ridgeland, South Carolina

Very hard to keep alive..

Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 3 Plants
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globe Invergordon, Scotland

Use rain water

Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 49 XP

Home environments aren't ideal, unless you have a very bright window and can give the plants a lot of attention. :)) <3

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leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 41 XP

Be ready for a lot handle. If one closes and you think it is dead because the tips are becoming brown don’t pinch it off!! It probably has a bug so wait till the WHOLE trap is black

Pest magnet Pest magnet
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 66 XP
globe Danby Wiske, England

only use distilled,de-ionsised or rain water, do not use tap water! Keep it say in water

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 31 XP

Hard to care for - dies easily

Browns easily Browns easily
Pest magnet Pest magnet
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leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 681 XP
globe Bristol, England

Interesting and unique however the amount and frequency this app is telling me to water it seems a little much as it looks to be flooding it

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Elscher07 avatar
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 163 XP

Try to get one with just 1 head, it’ll be so much easier

Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 63 XP
globe Santa Barbara, California

they’re really cute and super interesting to take care of!!

Pest magnet Pest magnet
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leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 83 XP

Do research and make sure you know what it needs before you get one. Only water with distilled water.

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leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 48 XP

it’s very cool

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 310 XP
globe Mableton, Georgia

Have patience

Pest magnet Pest magnet
Survivor Survivor
Blooms easily Blooms easily
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leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 31 XP

If you buy from Walmart take the net off the roots

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Dark_fairy13 avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 109 XP

they are a a high sun plant and need 10+ hours of sunlight they are not an inside plant and need to be outside to happily grow

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leaf-1 37 Plants
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globe Irvine, California

When it eats a big, it dies. Is that normal?

Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 256 XP

Difficult to keep healthy, declines very quickly

Browns easily Browns easily

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