Venus Flytrap - PlantDionaea muscipula
As the name suggests, The Venus Flytrap (Dionaea Muscipula) is a carnivorous plant that catches small creatures, mainly flies and spiders! The leaves consist of two lobes, with fringed edges, which snap together very quickly when activated, trapping the prey inside.Show more
Show moreThe Venus Flytrap is a unique houseplant. When planting, preferably use moss peat compost or a soil mixture that is low in nutrition. Choose a wide, shallow pot with holes in the base. put some soil in the pot and plant the root ball of the Venus Flytrap at the correct depth. Fill with soil and press firmly. Water immediately after planting. Place the pot in a bright, warm place, but protect the plant from direct sunlight. Stand in a saucer that is always filled with water during the growing season. When the humidity is low make sure that the soil remains damp.
Show moreThe Venus Flytrap does not like lime and prefers to be watered with rainwater or tap water that has been boiled and cooled. The soil can be constantly moist since it originally grows in swamp-like areas. Place a saucer under the pot to retain a constant supply of water. It isn't necessary to give plant food, in fact, too much food is bad for this plant. In winter, keep it in a dry, cool area. You may notice the Venus Flytrap lose some of its leaves, but it'll be up and running again in the spring!
Show moreSmall insects that are caught by the Venus Flytrap will be digested by the plant. This takes about 10 days, then the leaves will open again. The closing of the plant's leaves uses up a lot of energy so we recommend not touching the leaves. You could treat your plant to the occasional dead fly too!