How to care for a Venus fly trap

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If the plant is spending the summer outdoors, feeding them is unnecessary. However, feeding a Venus fly trap in captivity is an engaging experience. Still, it should be done sparingly to avoid exhausting the plant. Feed your fly trap small insects like flies or spiders every few weeks during the active growing season. Avoid overfeeding and ensure the insect is no larger than a third of the trap’s size to allow it to close properly. You can trigger the trap by gently touching the sensitive hairs with the prey using tweezers. After feeding, give the trap time to digest and reopen before offering another meal, ensuring it remains healthy and vigorous.

Seasonal care

Venus fly traps undergo a period of dormancy during the colder months, a natural and essential part of their life cycle to conserve energy. As winter approaches, it’s important to mimic their natural environment by adjusting your care routine. Gradually reduce watering to prevent root rot in the cooler temperatures and move your plant to a cooler spot in your home—this simulates the chilly, but not freezing, conditions of their native habitat. When spring arrives, increase watering gradually as the plant will require more moisture and relocate it to a warmer, sunlit area. This shift encourages the plant to break dormancy. 

Propagation techniques

One of the simplest methods for propagating a venus fly trap is through division, which involves gently separating the rhizome during repotting. To propagate, use division in spring. Carefully separate offshoots from the parent plant, ensuring each section has a good root system. Pot these divisions in the same type of acidic,

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Source:: Popular Science

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