How to care for a Venus trap plant
The Venus plant uses sweet juice to lure in its food. When the electric charge is put on the trigger hair twice, or on two hairs quickly one after the other, the trap closes, and its teeth form a cage. When the insect keeps struggling, the trap will close, and stomach enzymes will start to break down the insect's soft tissues. The trap also eats this tasty soup, and after about a week, it reopens, using the dead animal's body to lure in more animals.
What you need to know about the Venus flytrap plant
- Name: Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula).
- Plant type: small, carnivorous herbaceous perennial.
- Height: less than 10 cm.
- Plant leaves: different colors, leaf section, and trap section.
- Climate: All climates except arid and semi-arid. Venus can be grown indoors where the outdoor climate is not suitable.
- Soil: Retains moisture and tends towards an acidic pH.
- Location: full sun.
- Flowering and fruiting: Flowers appear in the spring.
- Feeding: It should not be fed.
- Irrigation: bottom water only, preferably with rain or demineralized water.
Appearance and characteristics of the Venus flytrap plant
In fact, the Venus flytrap is native to the subtropical wetlands of the eastern United States.
1.The Venus flytrap is one of nature's smartest plants:
Most have evolved to survive situations where the soil contains little or no nutrients, so the plant makes its own food by catching and decomposing small insects.
The Venus flytrap is perhaps one of the most amazing carnivorous plants, and it is very easy to grow.
2.The Venus flytrap is a very low growing herbaceous perennial plant:
This means that it dies in the winter, and it has unusual leaves.
The leaves have two distinct sections - the horizontal leaflet and the straightened leaflet at the end.
The plant will also produce leaves of different shapes at different times of the year, so don't be surprised to see your plant go through a host of changes as it grows.
Leaves emerge from an underground bulb-like structure.
As the weather gets colder, the leaves wilt and turn black.
Many people think they've already killed the flycatcher at this point, but don't panic - it's just going into its winter hibernation and will re-release buds in the spring.
3.The trap is an ingenious mechanism:
Small hairs cause the trap to close when an insect gently touches it, trapping the insect inside.
The insect is then dissolved by the digestive juices released from the trap, turning it into a liquid fertilizer.
To trigger the trap, two hairs must be touching within 20 seconds of each other.
Then, when the trap closes, the hairs must be stimulated five more times for the digestive cycle to begin.
Water and soil suitable for the Venus plant
- Like many other carnivorous plants, Venus needs clean water.
- They evolved to grow in moist, low-nutrient soil, and giving them bottled, filtered, or tap water can lead to a buildup of minerals that will eventually kill the Venus flytrap.
- Fertilizers should be avoided for similar reasons. Your best options are rain, distilled, or deionized water
- During the growing season, you should place the pots in about 1 cm (about half an inch) of water and avoid watering from above. Where they prefer to grow in moist, but not completely waterlogged soils.
- During the winter, it requires less water, and the soil should only be kept moist.
- The traditional fertilizer mixture for Venus plants is peat moss mixed with either lime-free horticultural sand or perlite, at a ratio of about 2:1.
- A good, sustainable peat-free mixture is finely ground bark, lime-free gardening gravel, and perlite, in a 2:1:1 ratio.