Venus flytraps are easy to grow if you follow these simple steps:
- No added nutrients to soil and water. i.e, no fertilizers or "minerals added for taste"
- A rest period from Halloween to Valentine's day-a dormancy period where your venus flytrap can rest.
- Full direct sunlight is key to growing any carnivorous plants, 4-5 hours works best for venus flytraps.
Many first time growers don't know that venus flytraps have to go dormant during the winter, it's like a hibernation. They mistake it for suffering and death and throw them out, when it's just sleeping and needs time to rest. It will come back in the spring, early to mid March.
Many cities with hard tap water and minerals can kill venus flytraps or any other carnivorous plant rather quickly. Using distilled or reverse osmosis from a grocery store is the best, but to be 100% sure, use a TDS meter and test your own water, if it's below 50ppm it's safe for carnivores.
Another common mistake is not enough sun, sun is the most important factor in all of carnivorous plant growing, you need just the right amount. 4-5 hours of direct sunlight for your venus flytrap is the best. These plants love the sun!
If you receive your carnivorous plant bare root, or without any soil, you will have to pot them up. Many first time growers use organic compost and soil with added fertilizers. That is a huge no-no, carnivorous plants hate added nutrients, except their natural diet: bugs. The best soil mix for carnivorous plants is a mixture of Peat, Silica Sand, and Perlite. If you can't find any silica sand or pool filter sand, organic peat moss and perlite are easy to find and are great alternatives. You can also use Long Fiber Sphagnum moss.
Many pots aren't carnivore safe either, terracota, ceramic, or clay pots are unsuitable and leach harmful chemicals into the soil. White plastic pots are your best bet.
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