The Q&A Archives: Venus Fly Trap

Question: I have a Venus Fly Trap that I keep inside my house that is growing stalks but not growing traps. The traps, when small, turn black and fall off. It gets about 6-7 hours of sun. I feed it seaweed fertelizer, and keep the soil moist. Whats Happening?

Answer: It doesn't sound as though your plant is very happy! It's natural for the leaves of your Venus Fly Trap to die after they've opened and closed a few times. Cut the dead leaves off the plant and new leaves will appear.

Here are some general care guidelines for your Venus Fly Trap: Give bright light (full sun is okay), peaty growing medium and temperatures between 70F and 95F degrees. Venus Fly Traps need a winter dormancy period to rest and rejuvenate. The leaves will die back, leaving only a bulb and root system in the soil. Many people think the plant is dead and toss it out, but it's really just resting. During this 3 month resting period, seal the plant (pot and all) in a plastic bag and place it in the refrigerator. At the end of three months, remove from the cold, take the pot out of the plastic bag and set it in bright light. Begin watering again when new shoots appear. For additional information on growing carnivorous plants, visit the following website:

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