Dionaea muscipula ‘Venus Fly Trap’ – 9cm

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The Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) is the most famous carnivorous plant in the world native to subtropical wetlands in the United States. It catches its prey with a trapping structure formed by the terminal portion of each of the plant’s leaves, which is triggered by tiny hairs on their inner surfaces. Can grow up to 2.5cm in height if given the correct care conditions.

Non toxic to animals and humans 

Is not sold with ceramic pot shown in picture.

*Please note* Plants may have been watered before shipping, do not water upon arrival unless they are dry. 

 

Light 

Full sun (direct light) – A plant that needs full sun requires at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily to not only survive but thrive. South facing windows are perfect for this but if you do not have any look for a site that gets drenched in plenty of sunlight. No barriers between your plant and the light should be present e.g. a tree casting a shadow.

Top Tip – Plants tend to grow towards the light – rotate your plant every time you water it to make them grow evenly.

 

Water 

High Demand – Before you water always feel the soil. The soil should always be moist as this plant loves water and does not like to dry out. However, they love the perfect balance between wet and dry so if you squeeze the soil and water weeps out, then it is too wet to water again. If the plant gets too much water, it is at risk of rot.  

Water type sensitive – Try not to use water straight from the tap because this plant is extremely sensitive. You can use filtered water, rain water or tap water which has been sat out for at least 24 hours to allow some of the chemicals to evaporate. 

 

Temperature

These are the recommended temperatures for your plant to thrive, making it happy and healthy: 18°C-25°C

 

Fertiliser 

As a general rule, do not feed or fertilise carnivorous plants. Grown under the conditions, the plants will be able to collect enough insects on their own to do well.  Most carnivorous plants only need an insect or two a month in order to flourish.  

 

Humidity 

High humidity – This means keeping them in a warm, humid, draft free location. You can increase humidity by using pebble trays under your pots, by grouping plants close together, by misting in the morning and of course using a humidifier.

 

Soil 

Special mix – 1 part organic peat free with 1 part sand works well for most carnivorous plants.  Flytraps prefer a bit more sand, and nepenthes prefer much more soil. 

 

Toxicity – Non-toxic

 

As with any plant, do not repot within 1-2 weeks of receiving as you need your plant to acclimatise to your house and recover from the stress of shipping.

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