- Season: Perennial
- USDA Zones: 8 - 10
- Height: 9 inches
- Environment: Full sun to partial shade
- Soil Type: Poor, acidic soil with good drainage
- Temperature: 70F
- Average Germ Time: Scarify the seeds. Follow scarification by one month cold stratification before sowing. Germination 28 - 35 days.
- Light Required: Yes
- Depth: Do not cover seeds
- Sowing Rate: 1 - 2 seeds per plant
- Moisture: Kees seeds moist until germination, bottom water tray
- Plant Spacing: 9 inches
Venus Flytrap (Dionaea Muscipula Venus Flytrap) - This truly unique plant grown from flower seeds is a carnivorous plant. Yes, that is right, a carivorous plant! It catches its prey, mainly insects and arachnids, with a trapping structure formed by the terminal portion of each of the plant's leaves and is triggered by tiny hairs on their inner surfaces. When an insect or spider crawling along the leaves contacts a hair, the trap closes if a different hair is contacted within twenty seconds of the first strike. Speed of the venus flytrap closing can vary depending on the amount of humidity, light, size of prey, and general growing conditions. The speed with which traps close can be used as an indicator of the venus flytrap's general health.
Venus flytraps do best in bright light but can live in partial shade. Avoid placing them in direct sunlight in summer, especially if they live under glass, as plants hit with direct sunlight may get too hot and burn up. When grown inside under artificial lights, keep flytraps 4 to 7 inches away from fluorescent lights.
If your Venus flytraps don't show a pink interior or if the plants have long, spindly leaves, they are not getting enough sunlight. Keep the environment humid and the soil moist but don't let the plants stand constantly in water. Grow them in a pot with drainage holes. If you have a Venus flytrap terrarium, place gravel below the soil for extra drainage. Good air circulation is also important.