A Venus Flytrap catches bugs with a trapping structure at the end of each leaf. Tiny hairs on the inner surface of the trap are triggered when touched. If two or more hairs are touched within twenty seconds of each other, the trap will snap shut. Requiring redundant triggering helps conserve energy if objects with no nutritional value such as leaf litter happen to contact the trap. If a bug triggers a trap to snap shut and continues stimulating the hairs inside, the trap will seal completely, forming a ‘stomach’. After sealing shut, the trap will begin secreting digestive enzymes to break down the bug into usable nutrients for the plant.
Dionaea muscipula ‘Typical’
$8.00 – $13.00
Size and packing method: You will receive a bare root plant about 2 inches in diameter, carefully wrapped in a damp paper towel. If selecting with soil mix, you will receive two cups of our prepackaged Carnivorous Plant Soil Mix in addition to the bare root plant. This quantity of soil is roughly enough to fill one 2.5 x 2.5 x 3.5 inch square pot.
Mature size: 3-5 inches tall
Light: Full sun
Soil: Carnivorous Plant Soil Mix, pure peat, or peat-sand mix
Feeding: Feed bugs, dried bloodworms, or fish food every 2-3 weeks, only user fertilizer if you have plenty of experience growing carnivorous plants
Water: Keep wet at all times, provide water that is low in salts and minerals such as rain or distilled water
Temperature: 65-82°F during warm months, 32-55°F during cool months
Dormancy: Reduce temperatures to 32-55°F, shorten light periods to 10 hours, and provide less water (but don’t allow to dry out). Keep the plant in dormancy conditions for 3-5 months.
Planting and adjustment instructions will be included with your shipment.