Dionaea Muscipula - Venus Flytrap P9


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The best known of all carnivorous plants! The Venus Fly Trap (Dionaea muscipula) lures insects to their death by the scent and the color inside each trap. When an insect lands inside a trap, it steps on a “trigger hair.” The plant waits for the prey to touch the hair a second time, then closes, catching the insect. It won’t open again until the insect is digested several days later. After 3 closings, the leaf will turn black and a new one will begin to grow.

How to care for a Venus Flytrap
• Location: Venus Fly Traps are not at all difficult to grow indoors, so long as you have a warm, buggy spot for them to live. A sun porch window where doors open and close frequently to let in insects is perfect.
• Watering: Most carnivorous plants are native to streams where the water is pure. They should be kept moist with either distilled water or rain water for best results. Do NOT let them dry out.
• Feeding: Although it is tempting, do NOT overfeed your carnivores. An occasional ant, fly or spider dropped onto the leaves will suffice. Never feed any processed meats, including hamburger.
• Dormancy: These plants will go dormant when the day length shortens and temperatures cool to 40-50°F. It is recommend that you place your plant in a cool area away from direct sun in the winter months

Here are some common questions we get asked about Venus Fly Traps

Can you feed a Venus fly trap dead bugs?
It is rare in the wild for dead bugs to fall into carnivorous plant traps, and your plant is not expecting such a easy prey. You see, Venus flytraps have a clever trick up their botanical sleeve. ... You must understand this trick if you want to successfully provide your plant a diet of dead bugs.

Do Venus flyt raps die if you touch them?
No harm will come to you, but you may harm the plant. The leaves that form the trap portion of the flytrap can only close so many times before they die, so stimulating them unnecessarily only serves to hasten their end.

Should I cut off black Venus fly trap leaves?
You can can either keep the dead leaf on the plant or trim it off. It is more of a matter of personal aesthetics than anything else. ... When trimming partly dead leaves off a Venus flytrap, remove only the dead parts---do not cut into live, green tissue.

How long do Venus fly traps live?
20 years
Then the plant produces a new trap from its underground stems. The lifespan of the Venus fly trap isn't known for certain, but it's been estimated to live up to 20 years and possibly longer.

Do Venus fly traps have brains?
Plants don't have brains, so the Venus fly trap doesn't do anything that we'd recognize as "counting," in a cognitive sense. But according to this new study, the plant somehow keeps track of the number of times it's touched, which allows it to react appropriately to its prey.

Can you feed a Venus fly trap spiders?
Feed larger Venus flytrap leaves adult crickets, ants, small beetles, grasshoppers, spiders, millipedes, sowbugs and suitably sized slugs. In their native habitat, Venus flytraps don't often capture flies, but instead many kinds of crawling insects, such as beetles and ants.

How often should you feed a Venus fly trap?
It's important to feed your Venus Fly Trap regularly, ideally once every 1-2 weeks. Don't overfeed your Venus fly trap, as each trap will only eat 2-4 times before falling off. Small insects, such as flightless fruit flies, make an ideal food for your Venus fly trap.

Should I let my Venus Fly Trap flower?
Fully grown Venus Flytraps flower in Spring, but unless you are an experienced grower and intend to harvest seed, you should cut off the flower stalk once it's reached about 5 cm tall. Flowering can be exhausting for Venus Flytraps, and most plants will grow more vigorously during summer if prevented from flowering.

Grower’s Tip:
• Do NOT try to trick the plants into closing with a pencil or finger. It wastes precious energy and the oils from your hands will damage delicate leaves.

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