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Questions About Venus Fly Trap

Asked by
squid on
May 7, 2011

Q. Where to Get a Venus Fly Trap

I haven’t seen any for sale, lately. They are fascinating. I would like to get one. The question is: where? Do they cost a lot? Are they hardy? What special care do they need?

Answered by
Heather on
May 10, 2011
Certified Expert
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You can sometimes find them for sale at garden centers but there are several reputable online sellers that you can buy them from as well.

They are a pretty high maintenance plant and not as fun as people might think. They need very high humidity, so raising them in a closed jar or terrarium is best. They can actually die if you feed them too often as it takes an enormous amount of energy to close their traps.

You may want to look at a few other carnivorous plants, like sundews or pitcher plants. These will be able to eat far more bugs and are less maintenance intensive. Plus, several of their varieties don't need special containers, so you can enjoy them in the open instead of behind glass.

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macadloni on
January 26, 2015

Q. Honey uses in the garden

I am writing an article and I wanted to know all the uses in the garden for the budding gardeners!

fungicide hormone rooting compound fertilizer and why ants will stay at bay, children gardening with honey, perhaps fly traps with honey and watere… I need to be creative!

Answered by
Nikki on
January 27, 2015
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Asked by
mfarrar29 on
April 21, 2015
Upstate South Carolina

Q. when to put sphagnum moss with venus fly trap

I am growing a Venus fly trap from seeds. I live in the Carolinas, and I was wondering if I should lay out sphagnum moss when they start to produce traps, or lay it down while they are still a seed.

Answered by
shelley on
April 21, 2015
Certified Expert
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You should grow a Venus fly trap in a peat moss and sand mixture, which will provide mild acidity and help hold water without keeping soils too soggy. So, the sphagnum moss should be a part of the potting mix the venus trap resides in.

For more information on the care of venus fly trap, please visit the following link:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/venus-fly-trap/venus-fly-trap-care.htm

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Asked by
mfarrar29 on
May 7, 2015
Upstate South Carolina

Q. tray method for Venus fly trap germination

Should I use the tray method for Venus fly trap seed during germination? I have just planted new Venus fly trap seeds today. Also, I was wondering if I needed to start off light with a regular lamp instead of sunlight. I’ve been reading articles online and that’s what it has been telling me to do.

Answered by
shelley on
May 7, 2015
Certified Expert
A.

I am not entirely sold on the idea of using the tray method for venus fly trap germination because I think you run the risk of saturating the potting medium, which in turn could rot the seed. I would pursue this method of watering perhaps later on when you have a more established plant. I would also suggest starting off your seed in bright indirect light versus putting it in direct sunlight.

For more information on growing venus fly trap, please visit the following link:
Place your germination chamber somewhere with bright indirect light.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 29, 2015

Q. Venus Fly Trap

Can you tell me why the traps don’t close when an insect goes in it?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 29, 2015
Certified Expert
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The insects may not be triggering the closing mechanism. There are three hairs inside each trap. For the trap to close, at least two of these three hairs must be triggered. Look carefully along the midrib of the leaf and you should be able to see the hairs. Additionally, the traps may become inactive if triggered too many times. A single trap can only open and close a couple of times before it will no longer function.
Also, these plants respond best in full sun or bright light (for at least 4 hrs a day), so make sure your is receiving adequate lighting.

Finally, VFT have a dormancy period of which they will not "eat" anything.

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Asked by
Brownthumb16 on
August 21, 2016
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Q. Venus Fly Trap Care

I have had a venus fly trap for a few weeks. I use distilled water and it gets several hours of filtered sunlight per day. Now 2 traps are turning black. What should I do?
Thanks

Answered by
Alisma on
August 22, 2016
Certified Expert
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Each trap will normally die after it has digested a few flies, and the plant will grow a new trap to replace it. However, if all the traps turn black at once, this could be a sign of trouble. Overfeeding (too many flies caught at once) or addition of fertilizer (Venus fly traps do not need fertilizer) can cause this as these can be sources of stress.

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Asked by
jim777 on
October 14, 2016
San Diego, Ca.

Q. Venus Fly Trap

Do Venus fly traps do well in a terrarium?

Thank you, Jim.

Answered by
Alisma on
October 16, 2016
Certified Expert
A.

Venus fly traps can have difficulty in a terrarium for several reasons. One is that terrariums can get hot inside (by the greenhouse effect). They also need soil drainage to prevent root rot, but a terrarium that has drainage holes in the bottom can take care of that.

Venus fly traps do need some humidity, but it can also get excessively humid inside a terrarium, so if you do grow one in a terrarium, make sure there are ventilation holes in the top.

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