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How to Grow a VENUS FLY TRAP as an Indoor Plant!
The Venus carnivorous fly trap is surely one of the most unusual looking plants in the world. But people grow it not for what it seems, but for what it does: it eats flies. This fact makes it one of the most fun plants to grow, especially for children, who can observe it for hours while “dinner.”
- Botanical name Dionaea muscipula
- Common name Venus flytrap
- Type of plant Herbaceous plant with a perennial life cycle.
- Mature size 6 to 12 inches tall by 6 to 9 inches wide
- Sun exposure Full sun to partial shade
- Type of soil Poor and sandy soil kept constantly moist
- Acid soil PH
- Flowering time May to June
- Flower color White
- Resistance zones 5 to 8
- Native area Las Carolinas
The “trap” of a Venus flytrap is actually a modified leaf; A plant can have up to eight of them. This leaf/trap consists of two lip lobes joined by a hinge. The nectar inside the trap is the bait that attracts an insect to its death.
Once inside, if the insect makes contact with one of the trigger hairs, the trap is activated: the dam is closed and closed inside. The insect is digested through enzymes within 4 to 10 days. After digestion, the “jaws” reopen.
How to grow Venus Fly Trap Indoor?
Since a Venus flytrap is grown for close observation, instead of adding beauty to a patio, it is most often grown as an indoor plant in a container, where it will be more convenient for you to study its strange behavior. It is not more difficult to care for than many other indoor plants, but it needs different conditions.
Where the plant grows in nature, it tells us what those conditions are. Venus’s wild flytraps are found in the swamps. The swampy environment is usually sunny, with moist, acidic and nutrient-poor soil. This tells you that, as an indoor plant, the Venus flytrap will need:
A soil that is more acidic than that in which many indoor plants grow (the peat that it will include in its soil mixture will be sufficient to acidify the soil)
To be watered more than most houseplants
Stay alone in terms of fertilization, since fertilizer application will be counterproductive.
Because Venus Fly Trap is a carnivore, caring for it also differs from the care of other indoor plants in that you will feed it (preferably live) with flies, mosquitoes and mosquitoes to nourish it (in addition to what you can catch alone). Grasping the insect with tweezers, gently insert it into the trap so that a piece makes contact with a trigger inside the trap.
Keep a diary so you can see what traps you feed and when because a trap has a certain number of times during its life that can be opened and closed.
The Venus flytrap goes through a latency period that begins in the fall when sunlight levels decrease. It will lose its leaves and seem to die, but it actually lives underground through its rhizomes. This is normal, and should not try to compensate for the reduction of daylight hours by giving artificial light to the plant. Reduce the amount of water you give the plant during this time.
Place your pot in a place where you receive 12 hours of direct sunlight a day.
Mix horticultural sand with the same amount of peat. Fill your pot with this mixture.
It is better to water the Venus flytrap with rainwater than with tap water. Install an outdoor rain barrel to collect rainwater.
Do not fertilize The Venus flytrap works best in low nutrient soils.
Meaning of the names
Both the name of the genus (Dionaea) and the first part of the common name refer to the Roman goddess of love. It is believed that the name of this name is the resemblance of the plant with a woman’s genitals. It is believed that the name of the muscipula species (in Latin, “mousetrap”) refers to the action of the closing “jaws”, which reminds people that a mousetrap is being released.
Relieving security concerns
The Venus flytrap is not toxic, neither for people nor for pets. It is perfectly safe to grow near children since the trap’s action is not strong enough to damage it, even if you accidentally put your finger inside. But resist the temptation to put your finger in the trap, as this depletes the power plant that should be reserved to catch and eat insects.
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