Fly Traps


Common Names

.Venus fly trap


.American pitcher plants

.Tropical pitcher plants


.Sun pitchers

.Cobra lily

.Australian Pitcher


.Work Cited



Basic Information - Dionaea, or Venus Fly Trap, are native and limited to north and south carolina only in select boggy areas. They capture insects by producing sweet smelling nectar along the rim of their trap. When an insect starts to lick up the nectar it will trip a trigger cilia which gives them 20 seconds to get out if they trip another it closes immediately and the more it trips the tighter it closes. once it is fully closed it secretes digestive fluids and digest the insect. 10 days later the trap reopens and the ex o-skeleton falls out completely hollowed!

Lighting- Venus fly traps do the best out side because they need lots of light. You can grow them indoors possibly near a very sunny window DO NOT GROW under florescent lights. this is not very good growing conditions. You can grow under lights if you have near perfect conditions this can be achieved in a small terrarium.

Soil- Many Carnivorous require special soil, the venus fly traps usually needs a 50/50 mix of peat and clean sand. One thing you NEVER want to do is use fertilizer, this will kill and burn your plant. Water is no different, you can only use distilled or rain water, they are very sensitive to minerals in water.

Dormancy- All Venus fly traps require about 3-4 months of dormancy. You will want to cover your plants with a tarp or burlap outside or let them go dormant in a garage. The reason you cover them is that they can be affected by frost damage.

Feeding- It is not necessary to feed your plants they can flourish just using Photosynthesis but fly's are always a boost in growth. NEVER feed raw hamburger or Taco bell :) only bugs.

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