Plant Care Venus Fly Trap

Venus Fly Trap

4.4 out of 5 (145 experiences)

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

About Venus Fly Trap

Venus Flytrap is a carnivorous plant native to North and South Carolina. It is winter hardy in USDA zones 7-10, but can be grown in zones 5 and 6. It needs high humidity, wet, sandy, humusy soil, and sun to partial shade.

Taxonomy

Dionaea muscipula
Dionaea
Droseraceae
Caryophyllales

Also known as

Red Piranha

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 Washington, District of Columbia.

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

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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 Washington, District of Columbia

Washington, District of Columbia

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Growing Venus Fly Trap in Washington right now

Light needs for plant Venus Fly Trap in Washington, District of Columbia

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

January 21st, 2022

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Washington is currently low 📉.

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

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Light needs for plant Venus Fly Trap in Washington, District of Columbia

Sunlight will increase by 25.9% ☀️

January 21st, 2022

Washington is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Washington is expected to increase by 25.9% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 8.9 megajoules of energy per…

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Light needs for plant Venus Fly Trap in Washington, District of Columbia

Daylight will increase by 0.7 hours 📈

January 22nd, 2022

This month, Washington is getting an average of 6.9 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 7.8% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.1 total hours of d…

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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 ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Washington, District of Columbia ⛅.

Venus Fly Trap does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Venus Fly Trap 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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Propagation

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 Washington, District of Columbia, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Venus Fly Trap has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 58
Venus Fly Trap has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 48
Venus Fly Trap has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 41
Venus Fly Trap has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 37
Venus Fly Trap has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 15
Venus Fly Trap has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 12
Venus Fly Trap has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 9
Venus Fly Trap has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 2
Poeticcowslip avatar
@Poeticcowslip
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 173 XP
globe Lafayette, New Jersey
01/21/2022

They go dormant.

Browns easily Browns easily
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@Dylan1stokes
leaf-1 23 Plants
xp 1,494 XP
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
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@Uniqueplantlove
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 677 XP
01/02/2022

Awesome air planst

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
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@Zanybasil
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 33 XP
globe Ringling, Oklahoma
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, Pennsylvania
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, Louisiana
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
xp 35 XP
globe Geismar, Louisiana
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 48 Plants
xp 728 XP
globe Bell Buckle, Tennessee
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, Wisconsin
09/24/2021

Spaghnom moss is a must

Fast grower Fast grower
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@Divinetreasures
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 1,441 XP
globe Biloxi, Mississippi
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, Tennessee
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
xp 158 XP
globe Ridgeland, South Carolina
08/16/2021

Very hard to keep alive..

Browns easily Browns easily
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@Plantpower123
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 117 XP
globe Invergordon, Scotland
08/08/2021

Use rain water

Fast grower Fast grower
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@Birdbeebug
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 65 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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@Serena.thornton
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 31 XP
07/27/2021

Hard to care for - dies easily

Browns easily Browns easily
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Staceakin avatar
@Staceakin
leaf-1 26 Plants
xp 713 XP
globe Bristol, England
07/25/2021

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
Delisplants avatar
@Delisplants
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 63 XP
globe Santa Barbara, California
07/18/2021

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

Pest magnet Pest magnet

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