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Plantlover999
Oct 25, 2021 2:16 AM CST
Hello,

I bought a new Venus Fly Trap plant. I noticed some fungus on the soil so I wanted to repot it. The biggest plant shop in my area didn't have unfertilized soil so they recommended to use low fertilized soil that is meant for seedlings and succulents instead. Is it okk to use that one? I can't find other alternatives where I live not even online. I already repotted it but I am very worried that the roots would burn. Any suggestions?
Thanks a lot!
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BigBill
Oct 25, 2021 3:33 AM CST
I would not use soil of any kind!

The recommended mix is 2/3 sphagnum moss and 1/3 sand. They like a moist, not REAL soggy media with good humidity and full sun.
They like their "soil" to be acidic and do not want to be fertilized. They grow in moist bogs. Moist bogs typically do not have soil.
The roots will not burn as they thrive in acidic conditions. It is the soil and dryer conditions that will kill them.
What are you plan on feeding it? It gets so much of what it needs from insects. They are insectivorous plants.
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Plantlover999
Oct 25, 2021 3:45 AM CST
Hello BigBill, would orchid sphagnum moss do? or what type would you recommend?
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BigBill
Oct 25, 2021 4:12 AM CST
If it is long fibered moss, yes, that would work. I use it as intended for some of my 300 orchids.
Just make sure it is long fibered. In the states we have moss available and it is milled, chopped or shredded. It is horrible stuff.
Here is an image of an orchid in the long fibered moss.
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Plantlover999
Oct 25, 2021 11:50 PM CST
Thanks for your response! I can only find regular sphagnum moss and can't guarantee that it is not fertilized either. Perhaps it would work with soil if I make extra sure it is always moist?
Name: Big Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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BigBill
Oct 26, 2021 4:45 AM CST
Soil would smother their roots. As I said, they live in freshwater bogs. No soil in a bog. At most a little silt.
If you purchased it in sphagnum moss, it should have been left in moss.
Sphagnum moss does not come with fertilizer in it. That would be unlikely I feel.
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Plantlover999
Oct 26, 2021 11:30 AM CST
Thanks bought some and just repotted them:)
Name: Big Bill
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BigBill
Oct 26, 2021 11:55 AM CST
Very good.
When you grow orchids, it is all about the ROOTS!!!
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DaisyI
Oct 27, 2021 10:30 AM CST
Bog carnivorous plants have evolved in low nutrient, highly acidic environments (Peat bogs). Its hard to find anything without added nutrients these days so sphagnum moss is probably your best best. Even low nutrient seed starting soil or plain potting soil with no added nutrients is too nutrient rich and will kill them. Don't add sand as it filters out of the moss and causes its own problems. If you want to add something to the moss to help the roots breathe, add perlite.

Don't fertilize and don't feed it insects or raw meat or ... . The traps have a very limited life expectancy (they can only close 4 or 5 times, whether they have trapped a bug or not) so don't 'tease' your plant. They have the ability to catch all the bugs they need and, as its green, its doing its own photosynthesizing.

This time of year however, you need to research how to put your Venus Fly Trap down for its long winter nap. Without dormancy it will die.

https://www.flytrapcare.com/ve...
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Plantlover999
Oct 28, 2021 12:15 AM CST
Ohh Thanks a lot DaisyL for the super informative answer! I am wondering what is the lowest temperature it can withstand during dormancy??
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DaisyI
Oct 28, 2021 10:16 AM CST
Not below freezing.
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