Among my favourite potted plants I have a Venus Fly Trap. Quite an unique plant it is. The Venus Flytrap gets its nutrients by trapping and digesting insects in its traps.

Venus Fly Trap
Venus Fly Trap

One could write an essay on the Venus Fly Trap Plant but I like to keep things simple. Below is the basics of looking after the plant.

The soil

Venus Fly Traps grow in poor, acidic type soil with good drainage. These plants will die if planted in regular soil or potting soil. The easiest way to make sure you are using the correct soil is to purchase from a nursery selling these plants.

The plant and soil should never be allowed to dry out. We have trays under each pot that are filled with water, keeping the soil moist at all times.

Water used for Fly Traps

The water used for these plants is a slight problem and be quite costly. But its all worth the money. I spend roughly R46 a week on 5 liters of reverse osmosis water.

The best water will be distilled but the reverse osmosis spring water I have been using has kept the plants thriving for 3 years. So it appears to be working well. The biggest secret is to use water that contains no nutrients or chemicals.


The Venus Flytrap requires at least 6 hours of sunlight a day. Through the winter we kept them on a North facing windowsill where they received sun through the day. They appear to die off in the winter but once Spring arrives the plant comes alive.

Fly Trap New Leaves and Traps
New leaves and traps

Venus Fly Trap Feeding

These plants are quite capable of catching their own insects but its fun catching flies and feeding the plant. Each trap has a few hairs on the inner side of the trap. Once an insect brushes against these, the trap snaps shut, hopefully trapping the insect. Over a few minutes the trap seals itself around the trapped insect and starts digesting.

As much fun as it is one should avoid touching the traps and letting them close. This uses quite energy and the trap is empty, over time the plant will suffer.

Venus Fly Trap Flower

When Spring comes around and the weather gets warmer the Venus Fly Trap flowers. The plant grows a stem out the center and produces the most beautiful delicate white flowers.

It is advisable to pinch this stem off before it creates a flower as it drains the plant of energy. But we usually leave it to flower and cut the stem a week after its flowered.

Venus Fly Trap Flower
Venus Fly Trap Flower

Please leave comments below or ask any question regarding the Venus Fly Trap.

Henry Norval

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