From the seeds, it may not be easy to grow a plant especially if it is a Venus flytrap. Due to carnivorous nature of the plant, you may not have to think about its food. In following way, you can easily cultivate and grow Venus flytrap.
How to cultivate, grow and take care of adult Venus flytrap?
- Look at the labels
Labeling is one of the important parts of Venus flytrap. It must be done at the very beginning. During germination, every seed generally look same. In spite of thinking about the process of labeling, you may forget about the process at the correct moment. Therefore, labeling must be done at the beginning always.
- Prepare the base
Similar to the soil of an adult plant, mixture can be chosen for the seeds also. A combination of horticultural sand and peat moss is generally tried with the soil for adult Venus flytrap. Perlite can be utilized instead of soil also. Due to smaller grain nature of the sand, it is generally tried. Prior to the process, soil must be rinsed in proper manner. By doing the process a few times, cleaner sand can be found. Mineral with the sand is washed away in due course. Both the peat moss and sand must be mixed in equal measure with water to avoid dry patches. Complete soaking may be required at the time also.
- Add soil
Following to mix of peat moss and sand, you may add some soil and water within it. Later on, it is placed within the pots. Plastic pots of four inches are generally used on the occasion. In this way, seeding can be done in a pot for more than two years. In case of larger pots, soil can be compacted by pressing down further. As a result of sand within the mixture, it becomes possible to get aerated soil. Root grows easily in the process.
- Sowing of seeds
Ring of seed can be created with the width of 3mm. The seeds are generally bought in the pack of 30. In case, there are less amount of seeds in the pack then it can be spread around the area. Tedious process may be encountered. However, clumping of the seeds may not be seen at all. Chances of germination increase as a result of less clumping. Tweezers with flat end or hand can be used for picking. It is better to retain the seed close to the soil instead of burying it deep. Thin layer of peat moss can be removed to provide enough moisture to the soil also.
- Moisture and Warmth
For the growth of the plant further, moisture level must be maintained properly. It is be very important at the time of germination. Seeds must be retained within the temperature of 78 F to 90 F. Faster germination may be ensured in the process. Distilled water can be sprayed on the top at the time. To increase the humidity level, the top soil can be covered with plastic also. Drying of the soil may not be wished ever. However, airflow is also essential for the adult Venus flytrap plant. Therefore, plastic layer must be removed once in a while. During contact with the direct sunlight, it must not be covered ever as it can kill the plant immediately.
By keeping the plant on windowsill, necessary warmth and moisture can be provided to the Venus flytrap.
- Exercise patience
For planting process, patience is especially important. Germination process may be started within 2 weeks. In some occasion, wait for three to five weeks can be seen too. By using above five steps, you can cultivate and grow adult Venus flytrap.
More Tips on How to properly taking care of Venus Flytrap
First time I heard about Venus flytrap, I asked about its origin. Have you ever seen how their jaw-like bifolds gape? You may see this stance as neutral till the spiky teeth snap up an insect landing on the pink inner part. If the lightning speed does not amaze you, it awed me. Than check out your friend’s flytrap, below is a some more tips on how to take care of Venus Flytrap:
Choose a suitable place to grow it
Before purchasing my flytrap, I had to go around the hood asking for recommendations on the best supplier whose plants are well taken care of. My biggest concern was space. While getting a healthy plant was my goal, I learned many things about growing it. Check them out below:
- Flytraps are perennial plants that are common in the south and north costal parts of Carolina.
- You have to grow them in moist soil that is partly acidic but avoid fertilizers.
- Grow them in places that get plenty of sunlight.
- Your plant can survive winter but do not expose it to winter-like conditions all-year-round.
How to grow a Venus flytrap
Now that you have a plant in hand, it is time to root it down. I advocate for acidic soil but make sure it has good drainage. To improve drainage, I prefer having half of the soil being sand and the other half being sphagnum moss. Also note the following:
- Avoid adding lime or fertilizer to the soil
- Avoid placing your plant in direct sunlight but put it under shade.
- To note a deficiency, simply check for a lighter or absent pink shade or long spindle-like leaves.
There are varieties of Venus flytrap to choose from but Akai Ryu is the best.
With the above tips, taking care of your Venus flytrap is now easy.