The Venus Fly Trap plant makes a very cool houseplant and somewhat scary statement on your personality which could be an excellent way to keep jokers away. The plant is named after the Roman goddess, Venus who is the goddess of love. Its genus name however refers to Aphrodite, the Greek goddess. She was the daughter of the god Dione hence the name Dionae. It seems to have close associations with love including its historical slang term “tippity twitchet” whose meaning lays in the plant’s resemblance to female genitalia. This carnivorous plant is one of the easiest plants in its class to grow.
To successfully grow a Venus Fly Trap plant you only need to ensure that it has high humidity, poor and acidic soil, full sunlight and wet roots. The Water needed to keep it at optimal health is not a lot and with the tray method you can significantly reduce the time used to water it as well as the water wasted in the top method. With the tray method you pot the plant in a pot with drainage holes at the bottom and then place it in a tray filled with water. The soil will then absorb the water and makes the plant’s maintenance pretty simple and hassle free. The pot should not be shallow or the roots will drown in water so to speak and cause a bacterial or fungal growth.
The plant thrives in sunlight and needs direct sunlight for at least four hours. You can try placing on a south facing window or outside which will reduce your work ad increase its chance of getting enough sunlight. When watering, use pure water instead of tap water whose components like chlorine, sulfur ad sodium may build up in the soil with time and cause the plant to fall sick and even die. The soil used for the Venus Fly Trap needs to be acidic so regular potting soil is out of the question. Combining peat moss with perlite will produce the best soil for your plant. Other growers also add silica sand to this mixture to help with aeration. You do not have to feed to your trap with insects as it will get its essential nutrients from sunlight via photosynthesis. If you do want to feed it to make it healthier or just to see it close its trap you should use live prey as the trap won’t seal unless the prey is moving. Groom your plant by removing the brown leaves to keep your plant healthy. This plant is pretty easy to maintain and does not constant watering or grooming.