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Dionaea muscipula

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Venus fly trap is part of the Dionaea genus and its scientific name is Dionaea muscipula. The muscipula part of this plant's botanical name means 'fly-catching'.

The leaves of this particular variety normally show as   Kelly green and   Indian red

Venus fly trap grows as a perennial and is a flowering non-edible ornamental / houseplant. Being a perennial plant, it tends to grow best over several years (approx 3 years and greater).

Venus fly trap normally grows to a erect habit.

Dente, Uk sawtooth 1, Red snap dragon, Giant and Spider are some of the most popular varieties of Venus fly trap for home gardeners to grow.

United States is thought to be the country of origin for Venus fly trap.

Typically, Venus fly trap is normally fairly low maintenance and can thus be quite easy to grow - only a basic level of care is required throughout the year to ensure it thrives. Being aware of the basic growing conditions this plant likes (soil, sun and water) will result in a strong and vibrant plant.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Venus fly trap have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Venus fly trap

  • Full Sun

  • Very High

Requires a dormant period in winter. Needs constant moisture such as a bog or terrarium. Use distilled or RO water.

Do not keep your fly trap indoor: needs to spend the winter outside.

Do not feed hamburger to your fly trap. Use fly trap food available online, or find flies in your home that died of natural causes (check windowsills).

Venus Fly Traps naturally grow in very nutrient deficient soil, and have adapted themselves to gain all nutrients needed through photosynthesis and the insects that they capture. For this reason, do not fertilize your fly trap. Do not use soils that contain fertilizer.

Do not touch the traps and make them close just for fun, it’s going to stress the plant.

Plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water very often. As a rough idea of the types of climates Venus fly trap does best in, check to see if your local area is within USDA Hardiness Zones 8 and 11. Keep in mind when planting that Venus fly trap is thought of as tender, so it is really important to ensure that the outside temperature is well above freezing before planting or moving outdoors.

See our list of companion Plants for Venus fly trap to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Venus fly trap from seed

Seeds germinate the most readily when soil temperatures are kept higher than 78 degree Fahrenheit and lower than 90 degree Fahrenheit (24 – 32 degrees Celsius).

Venus Fly Trap does not require a stratification period, unlike many other carnivorous plants.

Germination can commonly take 3 – 5 weeks, so be patient!

Soil temperature should be kept higher than 24°C / 75°F to ensure good germination.

Transplanting Venus fly trap

If germinated in a separate germination container, transplanting seedlings to their permanent homes can be performed as early as 2 weeks after seedlings have germinated.

Ensure that temperatures are mild (minimum night temperatures should be around 0°C / 32°F) and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Venus fly trap is a tender plant.

Seed Saving Venus fly trap

To ensure successful pollination and seed production, hand pollination is recommended. Hand pollination works best when pollen from the anthers of a freshly opened flower is used to pollinate the stigma of a slightly older flower (approximately 1 – 1.5 days older).

After the flower has been pollinated successfully, the flower and entire stalk that it rests upon will turn black and die. In most cases, the seed pod will split open when the seeds are ready to be harvested. Cut the flower and stalk from the plant. Within the dead flower pod will be 20 or so shiny black seeds, approximately 1.5 mm in length. If not germinating immediately, store the seeds in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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Venus fly trap Etymology

The plant’s common names refer to Venus, the Roman goddess of love, whereas the genus name refers to Dione.3

Venus fly trap Folklore & Trivia

Only found in South Carolina USA in the wild.2

Other names for Venus fly trap

Venus flytrap, Venus's Flytrap, Venus' Flytrap

Dionaea muscipula Ellis

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