The quick and convenient step-by-step guide to growing your very own Venus Fly trap plant.
The Venus Fly trap is the most famous carnivorous plant. Charles Darwin once described Venus Fly trap plants as "one of the most wonderful in the world." Few people who have spent time with a healthy venus fly trap, and observed it consuming an insect would disagree.
Growing Venus Fly Trap Seeds!
# 1 | Venus Fly traps need direct sunlight for healthy growth. If you’re growing your plant indoors, choose a bright sunny windowsill. Insufficient sunlight will cause your flytrap’s leaves to become weak and floppy, and the insides of its traps will lack red coloration.
# 2 | While Venus fly trap plants do not require a terrarium to grow, they do tend to grow better in a higher humidity enclosed environment.
# 3 | Like many other carnivorous plants, Venus Fly traps need clean pure water. Venus Fly trap plants evolved to grow in damp, low-nutrient soil, and giving them bottled, filtered, or tap water can result in a build-up of minerals that will eventually kill your Venus Fly trap plant. During the growing season, you should stand your pots in about 1 cm of water (about ⅓ inch) and avoid watering from the top. Venus fly trap plants prefer to grow in soil that is wet, but not completely waterlogged. During winter Venus Fly trap plants require less water, and you should keep the soil just barely damp.
#4 | To plant your Venus fly trap seeds you should start by preparing your “soil.” Use the same soil that is the growing medium for adult Venus Flytraps. We recommend peat moss mixed with silica sand at a 1:1 ratio by volume.
#5 | Next, prepare a growing container for your Venus Flytrap plants. This container will keep your seeds moist and warm but should also allow for air circulation. A good easy choice is a Tupperware-type container. Poke holes in the top cover to ensure proper airflow, and also make holes on the bottom for proper drainage. Another option is to use any regular pot or planting container and cover the top with a clear plastic bag.
# 6 | Moisten the growing medium with distilled water and place the growing medium into the container. Now you are ready to plant your Veuns Fly trap seeds! Do not bury your Venus Flytrap seeds. Instead, scatter your Venus FLytrap seeds on top of the already moist growing medium. Then sift a very fine dust of sphagnum moss or peat moss over the seeds. The very light dusting helps to retain moisture near the seed, but also allows the seed to receive light which is required for Venus Fly trap seeds to germinate. The dusting of moss will also help to keep the emerging root moist and prevent it from drying out and becoming calloused and stunted. Ensure that your Venus Flytrap seeds are only very lightly covered. Only cover the seeds the point where you can still see them through the dusting. Cover them too much and will prevent your seeds from germinating. If you can no longer see the seed after dusting them you've added too much.
#7 | Place your germination chamber somewhere with bright indirect light. Do not place the container direct sunlight. This can cause your Venus Flytrap seeds to overheat which can damage or kill the seeds and germinating plants. Once most of your Venus Flytrap seeds have germinated, remove the container cover. Gradually give the seedlings more and more direct sunlight. Grown Venus flytraps require a lot of light, around 4-5 hours a day of good light as a minimum. Seeds should germinate in 20-35 days, but must never be allowed to dry out, or get overly wet during this germination time.