The Q&A Archives: Venus Flytrap

Question: I just bought a really small Venus fly trap. Can you tell me how to care for it? Is it okay to keep it inside? It's really hot this time of year and I'm not sure if it can take the Southern Florida heat and humidity. Everyone I've ever known to have one could never get their's to stay alive.

Answer: Your Venus Fly Trap is Dionaea Muscipula, a carnivorous plant that prefers bright light and lots of moisture and humidity. Place the container on a tray of pebbles and keep water in the tray at all times to help keep the humidity level high around the plant. Venus Fly Traps go into dormancy once a year, so perhaps that's what yours is doing now. The bulb will remain alive even though the leaves fall off the plant. Since the plant is carnivorous, you need to supply a fly once in a while. The trap will close, the fluids in the fly will be digested, and then the trap (leaf) will turn brown and die. Cut off the dead traps and new ones will grow. Here's a website with lots of information about growing Venus Fly Traps:

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