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Venus Fly Trap - Growing a New Plant

Updated on July 18, 2018
Each Set of Grabbers is supposed to eat a bug
Each Set of Grabbers is supposed to eat a bug

Venus Fly Trap

I was in the store and I was trying to fill my actual shopping list, when I spotted this green plant that looked unusual. As I walked closer, I was excited to see that it was a Venus Fly Trap.

The Venus Fly Trap is a plant made famous by the movie, Little Shop of Horrors, where there was a Venus Fly trap that was altered and was big enough to eat human sized fare, and the shop owner had to trick people to come to the shop so that the plant would stop begging him for food.

Oh, yeah. His plant could talk. I recall the words, "Feed me" and perhaps it could sing as well.

Home

My plant does not talk, nor does it beg for food. It seems to be content in its new pot and potting soil. I did put it in a much larger pot, since the pot from the store was extremely small.

I picked the blackened pieces off the plant, and felt a little guilty that when transplanted it to new dirt, I spilled a little potting soil on one of its traps. It snapped shut on it. Hopefully, there was some insect nutrition in it. It's been closed around it since Friday. Three days. Poor thing.

My daughter was intrigued by it, and touched one of the traps with a piece of napkin. Of course, it snapped shut. Since that moment, it seems to be less friendly. Perhaps it is mad at her and I. Perhaps, when her soon to be born child is older, it will make amends for us. [Yes, I'm going to be a grandma again, and that is what sparked me getting the plant at all. Easier to justify an odd purchase with a seemingly solid reason.]

Hopefully the little plant will start to get some food soon. I hate to think that I actually want my house to be buggy so my plant will be happy.

Smile.

Repotting

Like I mentioned before, I re-potted it into a much larger pot. I put several pieces of lime rock in the bottom, since plants seem to like somewhere for the water to drain off, so their roots are not sitting in water on the bottom.

So, it went from a one cup pot to a 6 cup pot. It's not always good to increase pot size by more than an inch at a time, but, this was a desperate situation. According to the instructions, it prefers distilled water.

Where does it come from that it expects distilled water. Can anyone explain that to me?

Isn't it adorable? It is fairly small.
Isn't it adorable? It is fairly small.
The directions for success on the side of the container that I purchased it.
The directions for success on the side of the container that I purchased it.
Water with distilled water.
Water with distilled water.
Potting Soil - Small bag
Potting Soil - Small bag
Tiny pot that it came in
Tiny pot that it came in

Rules

The plant has some rules. Potting soil must be kept moist. I was going to water it since it only felt damp and my son said it was already moist. I did remove the black leaves and it seemed to add a few new traps since I did that.

The plant is sitting on a window sill.


The First House Fly Snapped by the Trap

The House Fly is trapped
The House Fly is trapped
Same House Fly different angle
Same House Fly different angle
3 Small Sized B52 Giant Venus Flytraps - Fly Trap - (Dionaea Muscipula) Carnivorous Plant 3 inch pot
3 Small Sized B52 Giant Venus Flytraps - Fly Trap - (Dionaea Muscipula) Carnivorous Plant 3 inch pot

If you cannot find a Venus Fly trap at your local Walmart Greenhouse, you may try Amazon.

 

Success! My Baby's First Bug

I am so proud of my plant. It caught a bug!

Dead Traps

I had to go through and clip off a few blackened traps. This is normal and needs to be done. As the traps complete their life cycle, they turn black and must be removed. This stimulates the plant to grow additional traps.

Here's a few photos of the maintenance.

Starting to darken, needs to be removed.
Starting to darken, needs to be removed.
Scissors to snip black traps off
Scissors to snip black traps off
there were several black traps
there were several black traps

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      Phallca 

      10 months ago

      Thanks Char, but I think you might have picked me up wrong :) I was talking about the Mimosa catching small rodents etc, if you've never seen one in action it's worthwhile looking it up on youtube, it really is fascinating and it goes a little way towards explaining my (personal) theory about its eating habits when you see how quickly the stems actually drop, though given natures adaptability a flytrap of that size is not out of the question lol so be careful what you feed it :).

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      Char Milbrett 

      10 months ago from Minnesota

      Phalica, thanks for your comment. Please breathe now. Smile. I cannot imagine my plant growing large enough for a shrew to get stuck in, but, if it does, I do have shrew in my house sometimes... the JOYS of living on 10 acres in the country.

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      Phallca 

      10 months ago

      Hi all new to the site but I thought you may be interested in this one.

      The Venus flytrap is a fascinating plant for young and old alike, and as long as you keep it moist preferably in humid atmosphere (desirable but not absolutely necessary) it will grow fine. If no insects are available for it to eat, tiny pieces of meat (fly size) can be used to give it a little nutritional boost now and then, just be sure to tickle the trigger hairs inside the 'mouth' of the trap to make it close.

      Another plant you may be interested in is the Mimosa Pudica some of its common names are, The Sensitive plant, and Shameplant, there are probably a lot more but that's the ones I'm familiar with. It's a pretty, fine leafed plant, that closes up its leaves and drop them down against the main stem in a matter of seconds when touched or bumped, the only problem I've found with it, is the human pest problem, these strange bipedal creatures tend to tease the plant to the point of exhaustion just to watch it in action.

      One word of warning with the Mimosa, as it gets older it forms backwards pointing thorns on its leaf stems that can be both sharp and strong. I'm not sure if this is a defence or capture mechanism, but I would imagine any small animal i.e. shrew, vole, etc, getting caught by them would be well and truly stuck and eventually die thereby nourishing the plant, don't quote me on that it's just a personal theory, but having been accidentally caught (okay I was teasing it) I know how surprisingly strong the thin stems are. K I think I've rambled on enough, did I mention my other hobby is writing?

    • firstcookbooklady profile imageAUTHOR

      Char Milbrett 

      10 months ago from Minnesota

      Lisa Jane, thank you for your comment. Well. I have had mine for a couple days, and it has gotten one fly with my help. It may, or may not be the answer. Good luck if you do get one!

    • firstcookbooklady profile imageAUTHOR

      Char Milbrett 

      10 months ago from Minnesota

      Margie Lynn, thank you for your comment. I certainly am enjoying mine. Have a wonderful day, as well!

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      Lisa Jane 

      10 months ago from Washington

      I am glad that I came across your article. I am thinking of buyin a Venus Flytrap soon. I have lots of flies that I want gone this might be the answer. I love this article.

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      Margie's Southern Kitchen 

      10 months ago from the USA

      Char I would love to have a Venus Flytrap plant. Thanks for all the great information about it! Have a wonderful day!

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      Char Milbrett 

      10 months ago from Minnesota

      Oh, Dred Cuan, you just made me think of the last lines to Secondhand Lions, when the little boy in off the helicopter says, these are the men that you told me about in your stories? They really lived? And, the nephew says to him, "Yes, they really lived!". Yes. It is very real and I did find a house fly for it. Sharing picture now. Thanks for your comment!

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      Dred Cuan 

      10 months ago from California

      This plant actually exists? I haven't seen any of that for real. I thought it's just a cartoon stuff! lol I wonder how big they will grow.

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      10 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

      Of course Char! :)

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      Kenneth Avery 

      10 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Char -- okay then. I also received your notification of your following me and I appreciate that so much. I will send you my personal thank you note in a few days. I mean it.

      In the meantime, you keep up the fine work and stay in touch.

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      Char Milbrett 

      10 months ago from Minnesota

      :) - Have a great day!

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      Kenneth Avery 

      10 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Char -- you are very welcome. And if you get time, just become one of my followers. That would make my day. Have a peaceful night.

    • firstcookbooklady profile imageAUTHOR

      Char Milbrett 

      10 months ago from Minnesota

      Thank you for your comment, Kenneth Avery. :)

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      Kenneth Avery 

      10 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Char -- amazing that I met you while I was surfing the HubPages. Factually, I love Venus Flytrap. Such a wonderful, living thing that helps our eco system. Love your writing. Keep up the great work.

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      Char Milbrett 

      10 months ago from Minnesota

      Hi, Alexander James Buckenberger. Thanks for the comment, and the follow!

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      10 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

      I had one of these when I was younger. A very fun plant. ^_^

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