Venus flytrap – Dionaea miscipula

Zone 9B Central Florida

I was excited to see these tiny potted Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) at Lotte Plaza Market in Orlando, Florida on sale for $5.99 each. I bought one. I am not sure if it will survive under my care but it’s worth a buy for my kids’ experience. My kids were so fascinated by the idea of feeding a plant flies that they literally spent an hour trying to catch and trap flies to feed this flytrap from using a fly swatter to a little dish of fermented fish paste in hope it will lure some flies to fly near the plant.

Things I learned about taking care of this bog carnivorous plants thanks to the friendly folks in Florida Food Forest group on Facebook.

  • Do not use regular soil or potting soil, but do use sphagnum moss.
  • Do not use tap water, but do use bottled water. Tap water will kill them.
  • Do try to feed the plant with at least one fly per month to provide the protein it needs.
  • Each flytrap opens and closes a certain number of times before they die. New pups will emerge.
  • If they get enough sunlight, they will turn red.
  • Keep the sphagnum moss moist at all times and fertilizer will kill them.
  • Besides flies, Venus flytrap will eat lovebugs, grasshoppers, and ants. I’ll have to let my kids experiment with what insects this Venus flytrap will eat.

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