Posted 3w ago by @tiffxni

Tips for caring for a Venus fly trap ๐Ÿ‘€
@RJG since you are growing them, I think you would be the perfect person for help.
@KikiGoldblatt I don't have a Venus fly trap ๐Ÿ˜‚ must be thinking of someone else!
Water with rainwater only; chemicals in tap water can kill your plant. Only use peat moss or carnivorous plant soil; the chemicals in other soil can kill your plant.

Never let the soil dry out ... ever. I keep mine in a little dish of rainwater ๏ฟผso it's always moist. Venus fly traps live in boggy soil.๏ฟผ

They like lots of light and they have enough nutrients in fresh rainwater to survive. You do not have to feed them bugs. If you play with the traps, they can die off prematurely.๏ฟผ

In my experience, the plants go dormant in the winter so do not be afraid when you think your plant is dead. Continue to care for it and you will see it grow again. The traps do not last long, they become spent and they die. With proper care, your plant will continue to put out new traps. Enjoy!!๏ฟผ๏ฟผ
Thanks so much!
@RJG I thought you were growing them. My mistake.
@sarahsalith thank you for helping her.
Rainwater for sure. Or distilled water and LOTS of light
@jcPlantProper thank you :)
I use distilled water since Iโ€™m not sure if there are a lot of pollutants in our rain water. They need a 5-6 month dormancy period every year or they wonโ€™t live very long. Theyโ€™re native to peat bogs in North and South Carolina. Once the traps start to turn black and die off, like in October, they begin their dormant period. They should be kept somewhere where temperatures donโ€™t get above 50 - 55 degrees or so but should not get below freezing either. Depending on where you live, that can be tricky. They do best in a Zone 8 environment - southern states. I kept mine in a small cold trap and I wrapped each pot in burlap to insulate them from freezing temperatures. They are now just coming out of dormancy. They also like a lot of direct sunlight. I keep mine on a windowsill that faces southwest. The main things to keep in mind about Venus Fly Traps:

1. Donโ€™t use regular potting soil. It will kill them. You can make your own carnivorous mix: peat moss + perlite. Or peat moss + silica sand.

2. Donโ€™t ever use tap water - only distilled or rain water.

3. Donโ€™t let the soil dry out. Always keep it moist.

4. Donโ€™t keep them inside during their dormancy period.

5. Donโ€™t trigger the traps.
I keep mine in an orchid pot in sphagnum moss, and it stays in a dish filled about an inch deep of distilled and/or rain water, so itโ€™s continuously boggy & bottom watering. All of my carnivorous plants are happiest potted this way!
@Kayleycakes amazing! Thanks so much

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