Fly Trap FAQs

What kind of soil do you recommend for fly traps when re-potting?

- When re-potting your Venus flytrap be sure to only use sphagnum moss or a peat moss perlite mixture. NOTE: we have found that a peat sphagnum mix works well for us. Most any other type of soil will kill the flytrap. 

 How much light does my flytrap need?

- Your flytrap does best with as much sun as you can give it (minimum 4hrs), but will also tolerate lower light from an eastern window. 

How often do I need to water my flytrap?

Water your Venus flytrap with filtered, distilled, rain, bottled, or dehumidified water. Place the flytrap in a bowl or catch tray filled with 1"-2" of water. You should water 2-3 times a week April through October or whenever the flytrap soaks up enough of the water to where the pot is no longer touching the remaining water. Make sure to clean your cup between watering to keep algae from growing. Clean by hand and do not use any cleaning materials on the cups as these could pose a problem for the plant.

Occasionally traps will age out and die off during the growing season (be sure to trim these traps off).  This is perfectly normal. However, if all the traps and leaves start turning brown or dropping in the April-October time frame, this is likely due to not watering enough. It can take some time for flytraps to fully recover from this type of damage.

What about Dormancy?

Flytraps are a bulb. Because of this, they like to go dormant. We suggest placing it in a garage, a sunroom, or an unheated room near a window starting in November. Be sure to still water your flytrap once a week while the flytrap is dormant. If none of those options are available, we recommend placing the flytrap outside on the south facing side of a building. 

Flytraps can handle temperatures down to at least -10F if not colder. In a pot, they should overwinter well outdoors in USDA zones (5?) 6-11. By the end of January, the flytrap can be brought back into the house and you can continue watering once a week until April. New growth will be slow at first, but will gradually pick up as the days get longer and warmer. 

Don’t be concerned if you notice leaves and traps dying back during dormancy. This is part of their natural cycle; provided they are still being watered once a week.