The Venus Flytrap and other carnivorous plants have the most bizarre adaptations to low-nutrient environments. These plants obtain some nutrients by trapping and digesting various invertebrates. Because insects are one of the most common prey items for most carnivorous plants, they are sometimes called insectivorous plants.
Most plants absorb nitrogen from the soil through their roots. But Venus Flytrap plants absorb nitrogen from their animal prey through their leaves specially modified as traps.
Nature provides this remarkable plant with “traps” to lure and capture it’s food. The traps are covered inside by tiny hairs and a sticky sweet smelling substance attractive to insects. When an insect touches the trigger hair, the trap is activated and closes around it’s victim. After digestion of it’s meal (which takes several days), the trap will open again for a new catch.
Keep Venus Flytrap plants moist at all times, rainwater or distilled water are preferred. Plants should not be fertilized. The insects it catches provide natural nourishment. Select a sunny window for your Venus Flytrap. Put a plastic saucer underneath the plant to hold water and keep it’s humidity proper but do not stand in a dish of water.
Due to the nature of the Venus Fly Trap you can expect some damage to the traps in shipping. Simply trim them off and new ones will quickly sprout.
- Distilled or Rain Water Only
- Keep Moist at all Times
- Venus Flytrap Plant – CARNIVOROUS – Dionaea