Botanical Name: Dionaea Muscipula
Common Names: Venus Fly Trap
If you've had success with other plants, and want a unique plant to challenge you, this is it. (Advanced)
These Venus Fly Traps' average height will only be a inch or so at the most. They often spread wider than they grow tall, and can be about several inches across.
This is a fun and unique plant that also eats bugs -- what more do you need!? Great for saying goodbye to fruit flies and fungus gnats - even houseflies can get gobbled up by these carnivorous plants. Its 'mouth', if you will, is a small pad at the top of the stem. These bads are lined with sharp 'teeth', and when a curious fly lands on the pad, the teeth will close, trapping the fly. Don't be too tempted to poke at them though! Each trap has a limited life span which is partly determined by the number of closures that occur. After 4 or 5 closures, the trap will become inactive. Trim off any old browning traps to make way for new growth.
Currently in a 3" grower's pot at about an inch or so tall, they often spread wider than they grow tall, and can be about several inches across.
Bright light! As it matures, can handle some direct sun, but if you don't have that much light, bright indirect is ideal. If you plan to set in in full sun, as with all houseplants, plan its move to a spot in sunshine gradually, otherwise you risk burning the leaves to a crisp. Start with an hour of exposure a day, then build up over the following week or so.
In all months but winter, water regularly, keeping the soil/moss moist at all times. They DO NOT like to dry out. That said, in the winter months, it is fine to allow the growth medium to just about dry out in between waterings as they are somewhat dormant and don't need the excess water.
Because these carnivorous plants are senstive to potentional chemicals in tap water, it's best to use distilled or rain water. If that isn't feasible, allowing your tap water to sit out for atleast 24hrs before use will help any salts and chemicals disipate.
These thrive in high humidity, so best to keep in a small greenhouse or close to a humidifier.
Carnivorous plants require a well draining growing medium to stay happy. Our Venus Fly Traps are in 100% sphagnum moss. If you ever need to repot, use sphagnum moss or a premium orchid mix, and always always always in a pot with drainage.
*Do not fertilize! This can be potentially deadly to these carnivorous plants. Just some good old Vitamin D, please. They get all the nutrients they need from the flies that they trap and digest. Yum!
Non toxic, but we don't suggest putting that to the test.
Non toxic, but keep Mr. Mittens away for a healthy plant*
*According to the ASPCA.
Venus Fly Trap 3"
This Venus Fly Trap comes in a 3" plastic growers pot in it's very own little humidity box.
*All plants vary, and may not be exactly as pictured.