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Venus flytrap: Basic care for your first carnivorous plant

I have one and these tips have really helped me a lot, and that's why I want to help you with it!

Sunlight

We will start with this basic care because we have to consider that sunlight is the most important factor for the development and growth of our flycatcher venus.

So, you should be very careful in this aspect, as the flycatchers venus are sensitive to direct sunlight and leave them for a long time, as a result they could burn and damage their traps. It is advisable to leave them in the direct sun early in the morning (from 7 to 10 am), as the radiation is not so strong for them. after 12 o'clock it must be placed in a fixed place where it gives indirect light.

Having them in a special greenhouse with white plastic greenhouse, as this material protects 30% - 40% of the radiation from UV rays, filtering sunlight to keep our plant in healthy conditions. I guarantee you your flycatcher venus will thank you

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Keep plants fresh in winter

This type of plants are temperate climates, so they need a cool place in winter to enter the hibernation stage, otherwise they can be depleted and even die. When going into hibernation, it is totally common that some of the traps grow slower than normal, grow their traps smaller than normal, have yellow tones, die or become dark, so in these cases the ideal would be to place them in a cool place without heating or in a greenhouse, the ideal temperature is about 7 °C-

Venus flytrap in hibernation state

Venus flytrap in hibernation state

Watering the venus flycatchers

To irrigate this type of plants a container with ONLY distilled water, rainwater or purified water is used, since the tap water contains chemical compounds that can kill our carnivore. Fill the semi-flat bowl to one or two centimeters of water and place the pot there letting it absorb the water for about 5 to 7 minutes. You will notice that the substrate will become moist.

A detail that you should take into account is that do not let the substrate dry completely, since these types of plants grow in humid and swampy environments, so you must water it again two or three days later. But if you water too much, you can rot the roots by sentencing her to certain death.

Method of watering by tray

Method of watering by tray

Type of substrate

In their natural habitat, usually in the area where they develop, the substrate for plants is very poor. That’s why we shouldn’t transplant or plant our carnivorous plants into a normal substrate because excess nutrients would kill our plants. Due to the excess mineral salts of the normal substrate, its roots would burn and our carnivorous plant would wither to death. Peat is a type of plant substrate obtained from Sphagnum moss that is very common in New Zealand, Tasmania, southern Chile and Argentina. It is also known as moss peat.

Sphagnum is the best substrate that we can find for our carnivorous plants and because it is poor in nutrients, with an acid PH, it is spongy, aerated and retains water. Can be used alone or mixed with sand

Peat moss

Peat moss

Sphagnum moss: It is a genus of between 150 and 350 moss species commonly called peat mosses. Members of this genus can retain large amounts of water within their cells. Some species can retain more than 20 times their dry weight in water.

Sphagnum moss

Sphagnum moss

Perlite: It is a mineral found in nature and contains a very high percentage of water. This mineral, like sand we can mix with peat and sand to get a perfect substrate for plants, ideal for our carnivorous plants.

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Food (Is it necessary to feed my flycatcher venus?)

It is not mandatory to feed them, carnivorous plants like other plants get most of their nutrients from sunlight, therefore their main food is a good exposure to light during the day. However, if there are insects nearby, they will hunt them at their own pace depending on the food needs they require.

You can give them an insect from time to time but taking care not to exceed the ability of the plant to digest its food, if you feed it in excess they will stop hunting for a while, they will avoid closing their mouths not to eat more than they can absorb.

Venus flytraps

Venus flytraps

Additional recommendations

Do not use fertilizer unless you have knowledge of the topic, using fertilizer or soil can burn the roots of your carnivores easily and make them die.

Like other plants, they moult their leaves, to keep your plant always beautiful cut the dry leaves with fine-tipped scissors that are clean, this in order to avoid the appearance of fungi. avoid playing or intentionally closing their mouths since using enough energy to move around will weaken the plant if you do it constantly.


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