Plant Care Red Piranha

Red Piranha

4.4 out of 5 (152 experiences)

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

About Red Piranha

The Venus Flytrap is a carnivorous plant native to North and South Carolina. They typically grow in swampy regions which are low in nitrogen (and essential nutrient for plant growth) and evolved carnivory as a clever solution. Their traps are triggered by small hairs and the closing of their traps is one of the fastest momevents among all plants! Their traps often die off after trapping and digesting prey, so be careful not to trigger them — leave those traps for the bugs 🐜!

Taxonomy

Dionaea muscipula
Dionaea
Droseraceae
Caryophyllales

Also known as

Venus Fly Trap, Venus Fly Trap and Meadow Clams

How to care for Red Piranha

Water

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
7

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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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 🏡.

Nutrients

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.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Red Piranha can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!


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Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Red Piranha

Red Piranha

Red Piranha


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 7 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

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 61
Red Piranha has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 52
Red Piranha has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 41
Red Piranha has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 38
Red Piranha has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 17
Red Piranha has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 9
Red Piranha has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 4
Samanthawilliams avatar
@Samanthawilliams
leaf-1 31 Plants
xp 1,456 XP
globe Mortlake, Victoria
02/19/2022

Not the easiest plant to take care of. Needs lots of attention and water.

Fast grower Fast grower
Browns easily Browns easily
Blobfishgurl avatar
@Blobfishgurl
leaf-1 23 Plants
xp 2,230 XP
02/19/2022

I love him all the other ones came from him and I also managed to get him to get a flower

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Blobfishgurl avatar
@Blobfishgurl
leaf-1 23 Plants
xp 2,230 XP
02/19/2022

I love him all the other ones came from him and I also managed to get him to get a flower

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Blooms easily Blooms easily
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@Poeticcowslip
leaf-1 31 Plants
xp 921 XP
globe Lafayette, NJ
01/21/2022

They go dormant.

Browns easily Browns easily
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@Dylan1stokes
leaf-1 36 Plants
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globe Witham, England
01/10/2022

Venus fly traps like to stay moist but not water logged. They love the bright light, south facing is best but mine is doing fine in my east facing window. Not allowing them to dry out is best as they prefer soil that is slight moist. These plants are incredible and look amazing

Pest magnet Pest magnet
Uniqueplantlove avatar
@Uniqueplantlove
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 1,433 XP
01/02/2022

Awesome air planst

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
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@Zanybasil
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 33 XP
globe Ringling, OK
12/31/2021

Um they eat bugs

Pest magnet Pest magnet
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@Drplantzx
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 33 XP
globe Dover, PA
12/30/2021

It is very hard

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Luvjones avatar
@Luvjones
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 162 XP
globe New Orleans, LA
11/13/2021

Cut the brown ones off so the healthiest ones can grow big. I love them.

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@Kimg1604user9e75a72b
leaf-1 1 Plants
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globe Geismar, LA
11/08/2021

Do NOT use Anything besides perlite and peat moss.
Also do NOT use the brand “Miracle Grow” for your perlite or pest moss because it will have fertilizer in it & that WILL kill your Venus Fly Trap!!!
Most plant nurseries will have organic peat moss with nothing added.

Survivor Survivor
Amberollie avatar
@Amberollie
leaf-1 44 Plants
xp 728 XP
globe Bell Buckle, TN
11/04/2021

I love my carnivorous plants, but this one is one of my neediest plants. It needs constant moisture and constant water.
It also needs to eat. But if whatever you feed it doesn’t fit in it’s little mouths, it will cause the head to die. Make sure when they are small you only give them house flys and make sure the mouth is closed completely around it. 😊

Browns easily Browns easily
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Fast grower Fast grower
Kane avatar
@Kane
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 100 XP
globe Superior, WI
09/24/2021

Spaghnom moss is a must

Fast grower Fast grower
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@Divinetreasures
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 1,890 XP
globe Lebanon, TN
09/18/2021

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

Survivor Survivor
Emilymeagan avatar
@Emilymeagan
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 105 XP
globe Kingsport, TN
09/01/2021

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
Wildlog avatar
@Wildlog
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 182 XP
08/17/2021

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
Psychomosi avatar
@Psychomosi
leaf-1 4 Plants
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globe Ridgeland, SC
08/16/2021

Very hard to keep alive..

Browns easily Browns easily
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@Plantpower123
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 133 XP
globe Invergordon, Scotland
08/08/2021

Use rain water

Fast grower Fast grower
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@Birdbeebug
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 69 XP
08/06/2021

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

Conman avatar
@Conman
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 41 XP
08/05/2021

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
Eleanor avatar
@Eleanor
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 66 XP
globe Danby Wiske, England
07/29/2021

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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