Venus Fly Trap - Knowledgebase Question

Brooklyn Ct., CT
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Question by Sandrablanc
December 22, 1997
I would like to know how to keep my venus fly trap alive. I have had them on several occasions and they just will not live much longer than a month or so.

Answer from NGA
December 22, 1997
There's a terrific website about carnivorous plants, especially "Dionaea muscipula", Venus Flytraps:

Sounds like it's common for them to die if not given the proper light exposure, water and potting soil. According to the website, it's really not necessary to feed them, but they do need full sun, 70 - 95 degree days, damp soil, at least 50% humidity, and peatmoss growing medium. The site also suggests feeding it a pet-store purchased cricket once a month.

I have a small venus flytrap on a south-facing windowsill that's been there since this summer. It is growing in straight peat moss in a clear plastic drink cup, with another cup inverted over the top and loosely secured with duct tape (high tech!) I've watered it twice in the 6 months, and it seems to be doing fine, so far. It seems to thrive on neglect!

Good luck with your plant!

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