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Learn basic fertilizing rules for carnivorous plants and supply them with full strength liquid nutrients no more than three or four times a year. When caring for your Venus Flytrap in areas with a colder climate, growing them in a pot and moving them indoors for winter might be the best option. Protect your Venus Flytrap from temperatures lower than 25F. Keep the soil moist and give bright light either indoors or in a greenhouse.
Venus flytrap grows from a fleshy white rhizome which gives rise to 4-6in rosettes of reclining leaves. Each leaf consists of a relatively broad petiole (leaf stem) and a leaf blade which is modified into the trap. The perennial Venus flytrap blooms in May and June with white, five-petaled blossoms which are held a few inches above the foliage.
Dionaea muscipula (Venus flytrap) is a small plant and thrives in semi-shade and is suitable for USDA zones 9-11. With its ornamental foliage and beautiful white and off-white flowers, it makes an eye-catching addition to gardens. Moreover, this remarkable plant is undoubtedly a conversation starter with its amazing ability to catch and digest insects. Caring for Venus flytrap is not too difficult and it requires no major difference to general Carnivorous Plants care.
To get the best out of Venus flytraps, remember to keep the soil moist at all times as this is crucial for their survival. A common soil mixture consists of one part sphagnum moss peat and one part sand, and they can be grown on the tray system. Generally, Venus flytrap plants require at least three months of cool dormancy, and they can tolerate brief spells of flooding and drying out as well as light frost. During the growing season, Venus flytraps should be watered with rain water only and fertilized no more than three or four times a year.
For areas with colder climates, keeping the Venus flytrap in a pot and moving it indoors for winter might be the best option. To ensure good growth, protect them from temperatures below 25F and give them bright light either indoors or in a greenhouse, while regularly keeping the soil moist. With the proper care, you can ensure your Venus Flytrap thrive and will reward you with its ornamental foliage, beautiful flowers, and bug capturing spectacle!
For groundcover and low-growing plants that form 2ft rosettes, try Drosera spatulata, (Spoon-leaved Sundew), Drosera filiformis (Thread Leaf Sundew), or Drosera peltata (Fan-leaved Sundew). Growers in USDA Zone 9-10 can try Drosera grandiflora, or Drosera aliciae (Alice Sundew) for reliable success. All of these may appreciate more shade, with regular water, and all have ornamental foliage year-round in warmer climate. For cold climate, the hardier Drosera species will require full sun, less water and tolerate short spells of cool conditions.
Drosera sp. (Sundew) is a genus of plant with over 160 species, found around the world, with the exception of Arctic and Antarctic regions. The Sundew name is derived from the substance (mucilage) on the leaves, which appear to be glistening in the sunlight and look like dew. Although it may appear quite lovely, the Sundew actually captures its prey in an interesting but morbid way; using tiny glands found on the leaves which secrete a sticky mucilage. When insects come in contact with the mucilage, it captures them and slowly digests them.
When it comes to cultivation, Sundews are generally rosette-forming plants that prefer sunny conditions, and a soil mix of 1 part sphagnum moss peat to one part sand will suit most species. When planting these hardier varieties, it's important to provide full sun and less water, and to ensure the soil is well draining. Pot growing is also recommended for colder areas.