Last year I started growing Venus flytraps. In this post i summarize what you have to pay attention to, to get the best results.

Gardening is a horror for me. I don’t have a green thumb and my plants have always had a bad chance of survival. But there are also plants that I can keep alive. However, I am fascinated by Venus fly traps. That’s why these are my favorites too.

If you keep a few fundamental things in mind, venus fly traps are relatively easy to care for. I will go into these things in this post.

Location

The Venus flytrap is a swamp plant and absolutely needs a place at the south window. Under no circumstances should the Venus flytrap be left standing by the window all year round. It is better to put it outside in summer so that the Venus flytrap can catch its “food”.

It should be noted, however, that the Venus flytrap can only tolerate a change of location if the conditions are more or less the same.

Water & fertilizer

Since the Venus flytrap is a swamp plant, the earth must be continuously wet. The Venus flytrap is only watered with rainwater and never from above, the plant does not tolerate lime either. The water is poured into a saucer and the pot is placed in this “water bath”. It is best to ensure that there is always at least half a CM of water in the coaster.

You do not have to fertilize the plant because the Venus flytrap catches its fertilizer with the traps. After 5-7 catches, the trap dies and new ones form.

If you want, you can also feed the Venus flytrap by catching wood lice and placing them directly into the trap with tweezers and holding them with the tweezers until the trap snaps shut. However, it should be noted that the prey of the Venus flytrap may not exceed a third of the size of the trap, otherwise the trap will open again and the prey will be released.

Temperatures

The Venus flytrap feels comfortable in summer at temperatures between 25 °C and 35 °C and in winter during its hibernation at 2 °C to 10 °C. Large temperature fluctuations should be avoided.

Flowering & Propagation

The Venus flytrap reproduces in several ways. The flower of the Venus flytrap should be cut off before it flowers, as the flowering of the plant takes a lot of strength. Leaving flowers standing only makes sense if you want to preserve seeds. But even then, the Venus flytrap will bloom again in the coming year. In addition to the flower, the Venus flytrap itself reproduces by forming rhizomes. These can be separated in the spring when the plant is repotted and thus several plants are obtained. In addition to the rhizomes, you can also put trap leaves in the ground. These then also drive out.

Worth reading

Anyone who needs more information about the Venus flytrap can visit the Society for Carnivorous Plants e.V. (German Website). In the forum there are professional and hobby growers who are happy to help and advise (me too!).

Gardening is a horror for me. I don’t have a green thumb and my plants have always had a bad chance of survival. But there are also plants that I can keep alive. However, I am fascinated by Venus fly traps. That’s why these are my favorites too.

If you keep a few fundamental things in mind, venus fly traps are relatively easy to care for. I will go into these things in this post.

Location

The Venus flytrap is a swamp plant and absolutely needs a place at the south window. Under no circumstances should the Venus flytrap be left standing by the window all year round. It is better to put it outside in summer so that the Venus flytrap can catch its “food”.

It should be noted, however, that the Venus flytrap can only tolerate a change of location if the conditions are more or less the same.

Water & fertilizer

Since the Venus flytrap is a swamp plant, the earth must be continuously wet. The Venus flytrap is only watered with rainwater and never from above, the plant does not tolerate lime either. The water is poured into a saucer and the pot is placed in this “water bath”. It is best to ensure that there is always at least half a CM of water in the coaster.

You do not have to fertilize the plant because the Venus flytrap catches its fertilizer with the traps. After 5-7 catches, the trap dies and new ones form.

If you want, you can also feed the Venus flytrap by catching wood lice and placing them directly into the trap with tweezers and holding them with the tweezers until the trap snaps shut. However, it should be noted that the prey of the Venus flytrap may not exceed a third of the size of the trap, otherwise the trap will open again and the prey will be released.

Temperatures

The Venus flytrap feels comfortable in summer at temperatures between 25 °C and 35 °C and in winter during its hibernation at 2 °C to 10 °C. Large temperature fluctuations should be avoided.

Flowering & Propagation

The Venus flytrap reproduces in several ways. The flower of the Venus flytrap should be cut off before it flowers, as the flowering of the plant takes a lot of strength. Leaving flowers standing only makes sense if you want to preserve seeds. But even then, the Venus flytrap will bloom again in the coming year. In addition to the flower, the Venus flytrap itself reproduces by forming rhizomes. These can be separated in the spring when the plant is repotted and thus several plants are obtained. In addition to the rhizomes, you can also put trap leaves in the ground. These then also drive out.

Worth reading

Anyone who needs more information about the Venus flytrap can visit the Society for Carnivorous Plants e.V. (German Website). In the forum there are professional and hobby growers who are happy to help and advise (me too!).

Picture © Daniel Wenzlik