Venus Fly Trap - Carnivorous Plants
-Keep a lid or saucer (terrarium part can be used) with filtered, rain, or distilled water coming up no further than 2" up the pot. Allow the plant to soak up all of the water before refilling. The watering process should be done 2-3 times weekly for indoor Flytraps.
-Remember, after 1-1.5 years of being grown indoors. Your Venus flytrap will require cold dormancy to allow it to continue to survive.
This is easily achieved by placing the plant outdoors preferably in a larger pot as detailed in the, "Growing Venus flytrap as perennial/sustainable plants section. If temperatures are warm, make sure to first introduce your plant to outside mostly shade with only a little morning sun. This will allow the flytrap to adjust to outdoor light without getting burned foliage. Make sure the plant receives shade/a little morning sun for about two weeks before moving into stronger sunlight.
Growing Venus flytrap as a Sustainable/Perennial plant:
Venus Flytrap are actually surprisingly cold hardy and can take temperatures to at least -10F, and are likely cold hardy to -20F. They are being grown as perennial plants as far north as the pine barrens in New Jersey. According to the USDA, the state of New Jersey is mostly cold hardiness zone 6a. (-10F)
-Venus flytraps are also being gown in USDA Zone 6b in Tennessee in planters with simulated bog conditions.
-The easiest way to simulate bog conditions is to plant them in sphagnum moss. Another option is peat moss with perlite mixed , and topped with sphagnum moss.
-Do not put drainage material around the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot.
-Place a catch tray or saucer under the pot for the warmer months to allow your Venus Flytrap to thrive! Remove saucer in the fall once the wet season begins, and repeat the same process when new growth begins to emerge in the spring.
-Keep Plant in full sun/part shade. Venus flytraps are tolerant of shade, but will not develop any pink or red coloration on their traps as they are known to do if they are in sun.
-Only ever water Venus Fly Traps with filtered, distilled, or rain water. Unfiltered tap water will eventually KILL your Venus Fly Trap due to the impurities found in it. Venus Flytraps are very sensitive to these impurities.
-Do not be discouraged by any wintertime dieback that you may encounter on your flytrap. Venus flytraps are semi evergreen plants through the winter months. It is not uncommon for plants to die all the way back in colder climates, but then push out new growth in the spring. The die back does not hurt the flytrap, and is part of its natural process.
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