Hi! So, my local store was selling these Venus flytraps and as a plant lover I ended up buying one, but I can’t find any good sources on how to take care of them, so I was wondering if you have any tips? As I’ve never owned one before and I want to do my best.
Also, most of the traps they were selling were in rough shape, so I tried to find one that wasn’t as banged up,ty!
Good on you, rescuing a plant destined for certain death! 👏🏽 Flytrap care can be kinda intimidating at first, but as long as you follow these rules, your plant will thrive!
– Water. They like to be kept moist. Never let the soil dry out. In summer they can handle tons of water, but during winter you should only keep them lightly moist. Because of their sensitivity to dissolved solids, flytraps should only be watered with distilled, reverse osmosis, or rain water. Any other kind of water will eventually kill your plant.
– Media. Flytraps come from areas with nutrient-poor soil. Additional minerals/salts found in fertilizers or basic potting soils will kill them. Peat moss, coco coir, or long-fiber sphagnum is best. Mix with perlite or coarse sand, but make sure these are also free of fertilizers or salts.
– Never fertilize. They get all of the nutrients they need from catching insects and soaking up the sun.
– Make sure the pot your plant is in is either plastic or glazed ceramic. Clay or unglazed ceramic pots will soak up salts, which is bad for your plant. Also make sure it has at least one drainage hole, so excess water doesn’t rot your plant.
– Sun. Give at least 4-5 hours of direct light. The more sun, the better. Flytraps can handle full sun all day, every day.
– Dormancy. Flytraps go through a winter dormancy period, and around this time you can expect a lot of the traps to die back and your plant to get smaller. If indoors, they must be kept cold (I keep mine on a chilly windowsill) and watering should be reduced. They start growing again in spring.
And that’s it! Easy peasy lemon squeezy.