Plant Care Venus Fly Trap
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Venus Fly Trap

4.4 out of 5 (98 experiences)

Venus Fly Trap has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Venus Fly Trap has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Red Piranha

Taxonomy

Dionaea muscipula
Dionaea
Droseraceae
Caryophyllales

What other plant parents say

Venus Fly Trap has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 38
Venus Fly Trap has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 34
Venus Fly Trap has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 31
Venus Fly Trap has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 27
Venus Fly Trap has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 11
Venus Fly Trap has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 7
Venus Fly Trap has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 7
Venus Fly Trap has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Agatha avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Venus Fly Trap named Gnat Trap by Agatha on Greg, the plant care app
06/11/2021

I love my venus fly traps! So far they are thriving, but I have to feed them bc they don’t catch the gnats that buzz around indoors. And the houseflies are ignoring them, as well as being too big any…

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Cat avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Venus Fly Trap named Venus Flytrap by Cat on Greg, the plant care app
03/08/2021

Sit PLASTIC pot in a dish (glazed or plastic) filled with a few centimeters of water. Make sure the dish always has water. Do not water from the top. Soil should be peat moss. Do not fertilize, that …

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Rebecca avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Venus Fly Trap named Venus by Rebecca on Greg, the plant care app
06/13/2021

My house always get fruit flies and they’re SUPER annoying!!! I’ve been looking at a Venus fly trap for a while but always too scared to get one just in case it dies or doesn’t help. But Venus is s…

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@Bbeauties
Castle Rock, CO
Rating of the plant Venus Fly Trap named Seymore by Bbeauties on Greg, the plant care app
05/09/2021

Love this plant!! Came in a little box with everything I needed off Amazon. I digress, I thought it was toast. Repotted as the seller recommended, following the information to a T. In two weeks I ha…

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@Risaree1957
Tualatin, OR
Rating of the plant Venus Fly Trap named Zion by Risaree1957 on Greg, the plant care app
05/16/2021

Despite a rocky start, the wrong type of water and the wrong soil so I can’t transplant to a bigger pot it’s survivor. After using distilled water and soaking and draining off the excess this plant i…

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Abtheplantmom avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Venus Fly Trap named Vinnie by Abtheplantmom on Greg, the plant care app
06/06/2021

I’ve had my Venus fly trap for a week now and here’s what I think so far. Venus plants feel high maintenance. They need 12+ hours of sunlight when you first get them. Tbh I’m a little nervous about f…

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@Jasmyn
Cambridge, England
Rating of the plant Venus Fly Trap named Oliver by Jasmyn on Greg, the plant care app
06/19/2021

I love my Venus fly trap my cat knocked him off my shelf and he landed upside down in the moghle of the night to my realisation in the morning most off his traps where damaged many died which I remov…

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@Carrie
Scranton, PA
Rating of the plant Venus Fly Trap named Killer by Carrie on Greg, the plant care app
02/15/2021

I bought a $5 clearance plant from a big box store that was gnat infested. Ugh. I've been treating all of my plants with mosquito bits and sticky traps, but saw this guy today and figured it couldn't…

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Jazthemushroom avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Venus Fly Trap named vinnie by Jazthemushroom on Greg, the plant care app
05/25/2021

good for getting rid of dead flies in a nicer way than just binning em! it's been super nice to have my venus flytrap but don't expect any massive growth or a big plant when you grow it, still i thin…

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@Martin
New York, NY
Rating of the plant Venus Fly Trap named Jaws 🦈 by Martin on Greg, the plant care app
06/10/2021

Mine is showing new growth and it’s marvelous! It’s on a windowsill getting bright light and being bottom watered. On the bright-side, no fungus gnat infestation this year (yet). But that also means…

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How to care for Venus Fly Trap

Water

How often to water your Venus Fly Trap

Water needs for Venus Fly Trap
0.5 cups
every 7

Venus Fly Trap needs 0.5 cups of water every 7 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Tampa, FL.

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 Venus Fly Trap

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.

Plant care guide for Venus Fly Trap in Tampa, FL

Tampa, FL

95% High

Growing Venus Fly Trap in Tampa right now

Light needs for plant Venus Fly Trap in Tampa, FL

Plant growth potential is currently high 📈

July 25th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Tampa is currently high 📈.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determinin…

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Light needs for plant Venus Fly Trap in Tampa, FL

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 2.2% ☀️

July 25th, 2021

Tampa is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Tampa is expected to decrease by 2.2% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 20.5 megajoules of energy per m2 per day!…

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Light needs for plant Venus Fly Trap in Tampa, FL

Daylight will decrease by 0.3 hours 📉

July 25th, 2021

This month, Tampa is getting an average of 11.7 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 2.1% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 13.2 total hours of dayli…

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Finding light for Venus Fly Trap in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Venus Fly Trap: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Venus Fly Trap love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth during this time of higher sunlight intensity in Tampa, FL ☀️.

This is a great time to watch your Venus Fly Trap thrive 🌿!

Nutrients

How to fertilize Venus Fly Trap

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Venus Fly Trap: 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 Venus Fly Trap after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Care Summary for Venus Fly Trap

Venus Fly Trap

Venus Fly Trap


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 7 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

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