Venus flytrap also is known as Dionaea muscipula, is one of the most popular carnivorous plants. The plant is a native of North and South Carolina.
They grow in sandy acidic soil with a lot of moisture. Just like every other plant, the Venus flytrap obtains its food from photosynthesis. However, they as well ingest insects as other sources of food.
We will be discussing how to care for a Venus flytrap so read on to find out.
Caring for a Venus Fly Trap
Below are some ways on how to care for your Venus flytrap.
- Indirect sunlight: Venus flytrap will do well with indirect sunlight. Expose your Venus flytrap to at least 4 hours of sunlight and at most 12 hours of sunlight. Be cautious of too hot temperature especially during summer so they don’t burn out. You can also supply them with partial shade. Also, if you grow them indoors, try to put them at the window where they can get some indirect sunlight.
- Water and moisture: Venus flytrap thrives in damp soil. However, excess water can cause the rotting of roots. Your Venus fly trap should be grown in a plastic pot with good drainage. Also, water your Venus flytrap with only rainwater or distilled water. Do not water with tap water. This is because tap water contains a lot of alkaline minerals and they can cause trauma to your Venus flytrap. They only flourish in acidic medium.
- Drainage holes pot: if you wish to plant your Venus flytrap in a pot, you should plant them with drainage holes to allow easy passage of water. It will also reduce excess water which can cause root rot.
- Soil type: grow your Venus flytrap in acidic sandy soil. Make use of sphagnum peat moss to help your plant with water holding capacity and acidity. Sphagnum peat moss will not hold too much water and it will hold just the right amount of water needed for your Venus flytrap to thrive.
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Feeding Your Venus Fly Trap
Another way of taking care of your Venus flytrap is feeding.
Venus flytrap can catch insects and feed by themselves when they are outdoors. However, if you grow them indoors, you might need to feed them a couple of times if you notice they really need feeding.
Also, you need to be careful while feeding your Venus flytrap. Make sure you are aware of each trap you feed so you don’t overfeed one trap more than the others.
Feeding them live insects is actually the best. But most times it may not be so easy feeding them with live insets. So you can feed them with dead insects to make feeding easier.
Fertilizing the Venus Fly Trap
Too much fertilizer or nutrient is actually bad for your Venus flytrap. In fact, you do not need to fertilize your Venus flytrap. They do wonderfully well without the application of fertilizers.
On that note, we do hope you have learned one or more things on how to care for a Venus flytrap.
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