Dionaea Muscipula (Venus Flytrap)

Dionaea Muscipula (Venus Flytrap)

$15.00 inc. GST

POT MEASUREMENTS: Approx. 8cm(Ø) x 7cm(H)

Pot color and size may vary and change subject to availability

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The Venus Flytrap (Dionaea Muscipula) is a carnivorous plant native to subtropical wetlands on the East Coast of the United States in North Carolina and South Carolina.

  • It catches its prey, chiefly insects and arachnids, with a trapping structure formed by the terminal portion of each of the plant’s leaves, which is triggered by tiny hairs (called “trigger hairs” or “sensitive hairs”) on their inner surfaces.
  • When an insect or spider crawling along the leaves contacts a hair, the trap prepares to close, snapping shut only if another contact occurs within approximately twenty seconds of the first strike.
  • Triggers may occur if one-tenth of the insect is within contact.
  • The requirement of redundant triggering in this mechanism serves as a safeguard against wasting energy by trapping objects with no nutritional value, and the plant will only begin digestion after five more stimuli to ensure it has caught a live bug worthy of consumption.
LIGHT
  • Give them 12 hours of direct sunlight.
WATER
  • Water them with distilled water or rainwater, not tap water.
SOIL
  • Grow them in a plastic pot with good drainage.
  • Use a 1:1 mixture of peat moss, and horticultural sand or gravel.
FERTILIZER
  • Feed them small insects if they appear unhealthy.

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