Taking Care of Carnivorous Plants

Keep wet at all times with distilled water only. The best way to do this is to place the flytrap pot in a saucer or tray of water about an inch deep & refill when the water is almost gone.

Do not let soil dry out.

Never use standard potting soil. Only use spaghum moss, perlite, sand and/or peat moss as the potting amendment.

Carnivorous plants, as a general rule, grow best in sunny conditions.  Many do well in partial sun. A windowsill will work just fine.

Typically you will not need to feed a carnivorous plant. Most carnivorous plants only need an insect or two a month in order to flourish but should be capable of collecting enough insects on its own. Freeze-dried insects from a pet shop, a fly , or gnat will provide an excellent source of nutrition. 

Venus fly traps require a dormancy period for around three months (between Oct & Feb). The traps WILL start turning yellow, then black. It is normal. Trim back any deceased traps. Once signs of dormancy begin to show, move your fly trap to a cold environment.

  • Unheated garage near a window.
  • Outside if you live where temps do not freeze over.
  • Most common, refrigerator.

Fridge dormancy consists of taking the plant out the pot and squeezing out any excess water. Place plant in a ziploc back and leave in fridge for 6-8 weeks. Then take out, place back in pot and take care of the fly trap as normal.