Venus Fly Trap Care

Venus Fly Traps have a bad reputation as being difficult to grow but that's not quite true. There are only a few, but quite strict, rules to follow for basic care of a Venus flytrap.

Follow these basic Venus Fly Trap instructions and you'll be able to grow these carnivorous creatures like a pro!

4 things Venus Fly Traps need

Sunlight: 16 hours of direct sunlight a day (i.e. full sun)

Water: rain, distilled, or reverse osmosis water only

Soil: Nutrient poor soil such as peat moss or long fibered sphagnum moss and a pot with good drainage

Dormancy: A yearly dormancy period in the winter months

Watering Needs

Venus flytraps need clean water. Most tap water will not be suitable for watering them due to the high mineral content. It is best to use distilled water, rainwater, or reverse osmosis water.

Venus flytraps need water with a TDS (total dissolved solids) measurement of 50 ppm (parts per million) or less. In order to get this, you will probably need to use distilled water or reverse osmosis water or rainwater.

If desired, you can use a TDS meter to test your tap water and see if it is usable. Growers often use water with a TDS measurement between 50 ppm and 100 ppm. However, this requires regular flushing and repotting to prevent mineral buildup in the soil.

Their soil should be kept damp at all times. They prefer to have soil that is not soaking wet all the time. However, the soil must never be allowed to dry out. Allow the soil to dry to the point where it is just damp then thoroughly water the plant until the soil is completely soaked. Then allow the soil to dry to the point of being barely damp again before repeating the process.

Many growers set the Venus flytrap’s pot in a tray of water for 30 to 45 minutes and allow the soil to soak up as much water as it can hold. Alternatively, they do enjoy being watered from the top. Pouring water over the top of the pot and allowing it to soak into the soil will carry some nitrogen down into the soil and aerate the roots.

Either way, when watering a Venus flytrap, ensure that the soil is thoroughly and evenly soaked all the way through. Then allow the soil to dry to the point where it is barely damp before watering again.

Venus Fly Trap Soil

We’ve been growing Venus flytraps for a while now we prefer growing in New Zealand long-fiber sphagnum moss. Our VFT's grow more quickly and have fewer health issues when grown in New Zealand long-fiber sphagnum moss.

Using perlite can also help keep their soil aerated which allows for healthy root growth that leads to larger, more robust plants.

Avoid using vermiculite because it often contains minerals that will slowly poison Venus flytraps.  Unglazed clay pots shouldn’t be used for pots because the minerals in the clay can seep into the soil and eventually cause harm to a Venus flytrap. For this reason, it’s best to use plastic pots.

We prefer pots that are at least four inches deep because they provide enough room to accommodate the roots well. The deeper the better!

Growing Outdoors

Potting Requirements

The pot should be at least 12" tall and white. This is necessary for

Acclimation

Your plant will most likely need time to adjust to its new environment.

Feeding

Do not need to be fed.

Dormancy

Venus Fly Traps will need a dormancy period.

Watering

Once a month, fill the tray with distilled water/rain water/reverse osmosis water for 8 hours and then drain.

Lighting

Direct Sunlight for 16 hours a day. 30% shade cloth during late July and early August.

Venus Fly Traps prefer the outdoors above all else