Venus Flytraps

Dionaea Muscipula

Carnivorous Plants

Meet the Venus Flytrap!

There is no doubt that the biggest star of the carnivorous plant world is the infamous Venus flytrap (Dionaea Muscipula). One of the fastest moving carnivorous plants, it’s deathly pairs of serrated leaves snap shut, like two halves of a bear trap, in the blink of an eye!

The flytrap’s toothy leaves are coated in tempting nectar, and lie open in wait for unsuspecting little winged insects to land on them. When one does, the trap snaps closed, ensnaring its prey and holding it in place while digestive enzymes seep into the trap, coating the victim and breaking it down so that the plant can absorb its nutrients.

But this hungry plant’s genius doesn’t end with its clever trap. It’s also unique because it has learned to work smart.

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Venus Flytrap Characteristics

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To avoid wasting its energy snapping closed on leaves and other matter that may brush by it, each trap contains tiny hairs that signal the plant when they’re touched.
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As soon as exactly five of the hairs have been triggered within 20 seconds of each other, the plant knows that a juicy morsel is within its jaws, and it’s time to react. Yes, the Venus flytrap can count!

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The ability to snap its leaves shut in the blink of an eye means that the flytrap is one of very few plants in the world that are capable of rapid movement.

Venus Flytraps (Dionaea Muscipula)

Interesting Facts

It’s no surprise that the father of modern biology, Charles Darwin, who shared a keen interest in carnivorous plants, once described the Venus flytrap as “one of the most wonderful plants in the world”. Perfectly suited to South Africa, Venus flytraps are sun-loving temperate plants, that actively grow during the summer months, while becoming more dormant in the winter. Like the name says, the flytrap loves eating flies, but it won’t say no to other insects or even the odd spider. If you’re new to the world of carnivorous plants, and looking for a unique and entertaining hungry plant for your home or office, the Venus flytrap is perfect for you. They make great conversation starters too. These clever carnivorous plants are in high demand, so snap them up while you can!

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Caring for The Venus Flytrap Plant

If you’re the nervous new owner of a Venus Flytrap, we’ve got you covered. Here are our top tips on caring for – and feeding! – your hungry plant.

  • Potting: Choose a pot made of plastic, glass or glazed ceramic, and avoid terracotta or clay pots which contain minerals that can stunt the growth of young Flytraps.
  • Soil – Minerals are carnivorous plants’ kryptonite! Your Flytrap will grow best in soil that is free of minerals and nutrients – so no fertilising required – and which has good drainage. Our carnivorous plant potting medium is the ideal hassle-free soil solution.
    Sunlight – Venus Flytraps love plenty of light. Whether they’re indoors or outdoors, place them in an area that gets at least 6 hours of light on a sunny day. High sun exposure also helps with growth when Flytraps are very young.
  • Watering – Flytraps are thirsty, as well as hungry! Water often, so the soil never dries out. Placing the pot in a tray of water also helps to hydrate the soil. The minerals in tap water can be harmful to them, especially when young, so water them with mineral-free distilled or rainwater.
  • Feeding – Even young Flytraps are ready to capture passing bugs! They best way to feed your young (or mature) Flytrap is to leave it outside and allow it to trap tiny flies, mosquitos or other very small insects. When your Flytrap matures, you can occasionally hand feed it, if you like. Live mealworms or crickets from pet stores are great food options. Gently place the bug inside the leaf, making sure that it is no more than 1/3 the size of the trap. You don’t need to feed every trap, just one or two traps every week or two will ensure your hungry plant is satisfied.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do Carnivorous Plants Need Fertilizer?

Carnivorous plants generally don’t need to be fertilised as they obtain these nutrients from their prey.

What's the best spot to put my plant?

A sunny windowsill or outside in the sun will keep your carnivorous plant super happy & healthy.

How Often Should I Water My Plant?

Carnivorous plants love water and should not be left to dry out, check the soil, it should be moist but not wet before watering again. Carnivorous plants can be sensitive to minerals in tap water, so they prefer distilled or rainwater

Do Carnivorous Plants Need Fertilizer?

Carnivorous plants generally don’t need to be fertilised as they obtain these nutrients from their prey.

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