Venus Fly Trap / Sundew (Carnivorous)

Plant Care Instructions*

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The Venus Fly Trap has hinged leaves with stiff margined spines and 3 or 4 sensitive hairs in the center of each lobe. When an insect touches the hairs, the hinge mechanism is triggered, and the leaves close quite rapidly, trapping the insect. Grow this in a terrarium or in a cool greenhouse or in a bog garden.

Average mature height: Under 6 inches

Light
Full to part sun

Soil
Grows well in peat, peat/perlite, or sphagnum moss (Try ours here.) Place a tray of water underneath to keep the plant wet.

The Sundew is easy to grow. It has Paddle-shaped leaves with sticky glands to catch insects.

Average mature height: Under 6 inches

Light
High light. Full sun to lightly filtered sun.

Soil
Grows well in peat, peat/perlite, or sphagnum moss. Place a tray of water underneath to keep the plant wet.

General Carnivorous Plant Care*:

Temperature
These plants are happiest between 60°- 90°F (15°- 32°C) for most of the year. During the winter months, they enter a dormancy period, and can withstand temperatures as low as 30°F (-1°C) for short periods of time.

Light
Dionaea Muscipula is a light demanding plant. For optimal health conditions, it requires at least 12 hours of light a day. At least 4 of those should be full sunlight.

Watering
They like their growing medium to be kept moist at all times, but never to the point of soggy. They are best watered through bottom-watering systems (water tray). Water should always be distilled before providing to the plant, as the chemicals in typical tap water are poisonous to the root system.

Soil
This plant demands nutrient poor soil. Peat moss and long fiber sphagnum moss should be mixed in a 1:1 ratio for the best growing conditions.

Fertilizer
Never introduce fertilizer to your plant. These cause the root system to rot.

Re-Potting
These plants can be re-potted at any time other than their dormancy period. Leaves turn black when they die back, but the bulb is still healthy.

Humidity
Normal household humidity is suggested.

* Standard care recommendations - you may need to adjust based on your home or office environment.

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