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Author Topic: Venus Fly Traps, Anyone?  (Read 9332 times)
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« Reply #1: July 20, 2008, 05:56:42 pm »

I recently acquired one of these things and I have questions about how to grow them.

The tiny tag that came along with it says that it 'likes lots of light but not full sun."

But another source says they need 2-4 hours in sunlight.

Venus flytraps grow in bogs where they are likely to get a lot of light, but not direct beating rays.  I'd keep it in a place that's well-lit but not baking.

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The tag also says to take the thing that covered the plant (which is basically a cup), fill it with water and place the tiny (plastic) pot in it.  However, this other source says that this is bad for the plant.

If you can, get some sphagnum moss (you should be able to find it at a nursery) and plant the flytrap in a pot with it.  Let the moss absorb as much water as it will hold.  The flytrap will stay hydrated without sitting in standing water.  Don't let the moss dry out.  This is how we grew them at the campus teaching greenhouse.  The only other thing to note was that ours were planted in a giant aquarium, which held in a lot of moisture and created a humid environment. 

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Also, my apartment doesn't have a lot of insects -- are there any places that sell them?
  You can buy fruitflies and crickets and some pet supply places.  I don't think the flytraps need that many insects, however.  You might be better off catching a fly once a week.  I've heard you can over-feed them on insects.  Besides, who wants fruitflies buzzing around their house?
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