How to Care for a Venus Flytrap Plant

What makes the Venus Flytrap so amazing is the sheer fact that it's carnivorous. These special plants eat insects by catching them in their traps and slowly digesting them over a period of time. Small hairs on the trap alert the plant when a bug has entered so it can snap closed. The Venus Flytrap is native to North and South Carolina in the bogs and marshes and duplicating their habitat can be difficult, but not impossible. These special plants require particular care.

Care for a Venus Flytrap Plant

Step 1

Keep your Venus Flytrap in a warm area such as a sunny windowsill or terrarium. Venus Flytraps do well in best in warm humid areas, so if you live in a humid climate, it may even do well outside.

Step 2

Feed your Venus Flytrap as often as you deem necessary. These plants can go for a very long time without eating bugs as long as their soil is kept moist. Venus Flytraps know the difference between live bugs and dead ones and are not as accepting of the dead food. They may open their jaws the next day and it will still be untouched. It takes a Venus Flytrap about a week to digest one bug. While they don't need bugs to survive and grow, they will grow much faster if they have them. During the first two years of life, they do not need any bugs at all.

Step 3

Place your Venus Flytrap in a cool area so that it can become dormant in the winter. This plantlike hibernation is good for the plant. You can place your Venus Flytrap in the refrigerator or outside as long as there is no frost. It is important not to let the plant become frozen as this may kill it. Put the plant in a bag and keep the soil moist during the winter. In the spring, take the plant out, unwrap it and place it back in the warm sunshine.

Step 4

Use caution when replanting your Venus Flytrap. Do not do this in the fall or during the first two years of the plant's life. The soil that they come in has all the nutrients they need and if you replant them, those nutrients will be lost.

Step 5

Groom your Venus Flytrap as you see fit. If there are blackened leaves they will take care of themselves in time by falling off. If you intend to remove them, do so very carefully so as not to harm the green tissue parts of the plant.