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Question: I have a Venus flytrap that seems to be growing too big for it's pot. Could you please tell me the information I need for planting it?

Answer: Venus Flytraps usually develop a long root system so use a tall pot in relation to the size of the plant. Since the plants go into a dormant period in the winter, they should be repotted then, or when new sprouts begin to appear in the spring. Use sphagnum or peatmoss mixed with sand or Orchid bark as a potting mix, moisten it well, then put it into the new container, removing just enough to accommodate the root system of your plant. Then transplant carefully so you don't break off any of the roots. The easiest way to judge how much potting soil to remove is to place some soil in the bottom of the new container and sink the old container into it, leaving an impression of how deep and how wide the planting hole should be. Then remove some of the old soil from the root system and tamp the new soil in around the roots as you place it in the new pot.

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