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Description

Dionaea muscipula, otherwise known as Venus Fly trap, is a charismatic and unique looking carnivorous plant. Bright reds and lime greens and otherwordly looking jaws make of this plant an out of the ordinary must have!

Size: 9 cm pot

Origin: Subtropical wetlands on the East Coast of the United States in North Carolina and South Carolina

Care

Light: Indirect light

Humidity: Moderate

Temperature: 16-25ºC

Watering: Use distilled, filtered or rain water if possible. Allow the plant to dry out almost completely between waterings. Venus fly traps go dormant from late autumn and all through winter, so reduce watering frequency from late november to early march.

Feeding: Do not fertilize this plant. You can occasionally "feed" the plant with something like a small spider or a bug, if you happen to see it in the room and catch it, but don't go out of your way to catch bugs! Bugs from other plants or coming in from the windows will from time to time land in the traps and that's enough feed for this plant!

Soil: Venus Fly Traps need poor soil, a mix of sphagnum moss and perlite should be enough.

Tip: This plant can be toxic if ingested, so we advise to keep it away from pets and children. Direct sunlight can leave sunburn marks on the leaves. Keep away from radiators and drafts.

Troubleshooting: Venus Fly traps like humid enivonments, but are very susceptible to root rot. Use appropriate soil mix and feel the soil before watering.

Did you know? These plants do not like to be poked to perform the trick. It takes a lot of energy for the plant to close the jaws, and it's only occasionally that bugs land in them, so forcing it to constantly open and close its jaws is very unnatural to the plant and could even kill it!