Dionaea Muscipula (Venus Flytrap)

Dionaea Muscipula (Venus Flytrap)

$15.00 inc. GST

Pot Size: approx. 8cm(Ø) x 10cm(H)

5 in stock

Overall Height approximately (10-12cm)

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Dionaea Muscipula (Venus Flytrap)

  • 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 as much as possible!
  • They love the full direct sun.
WATER
  • Place the pots in a tray filled with 1-2cm of distilled water or rainwater, adding water to the tray rather than top watering.
  • These are bog plants, and the growing media should be kept moist throughout the growing season.
SOIL
  • Never use normal potting soil!
  • A good, sustainable peat-free mixture for compost is finely milled bark, lime-free horticultural grit, and perlite, to a ratio of 2:1:1.
  • The traditionally recommended peat-based mixture is sphagnum peat moss mixed with either lime-free horticultural sand or perlite, to a ratio of about 2:1.
FERTILIZER
  • Never add fertilizer.
  • Feed them small insects if they appear unhealthy.

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