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1, Location: You have just purchased your first Venus Flytrap plant. How do you care for it. Well the first thing is you need to do is find a location where you can keep your Venus Flytrap plant. It MUST have access to lot’s of direct sunlight. Sunlight will give your plant energy to grow new traps. Without sunlight your plant will most certainly not grow many new traps. So you MUST choose the location where you would like to keep your plant carefully. Your plant needs as much direct sunlight as possible so a sunny greenhouse or a south facing window sill indoors are perfect locations. Also for your Flytrap plant to have brightly coloured traps it will need as much sunlight as possible. Sunlight makes the Venus Flytraps traps turn brightly coloured. Without sunlight the colouring WILL fade considerably. All green forms will stay mostly green in colouration even in strong sunlight but still need sunlight to be able to grow new traps. The insects that the venus flytrap plant catches supply nutrients just as fertiliser would supply nutrients to a normal plant. But sunlight is one of the biggest things to a healthy colourful venus flytrap plant. Potting Requirements, Venus Flytraps must NOT be planted in normal potting compost. As the nutrients in normal potting compost will kill your plant. Instead you must use a nutrient free soil mix of 50% Sphagnum Peat Moss with 50% Perlite. We use the Irish Shamrock Irish Peat Moss which along with Perlite can be found in most local nurseries & garden centres. 2, Watering: Once you have found a nice location for your Venus Flytrap plant. Next your plant will need some pure clean water. The Venus Flytrap plants normally grow in bog areas in the wild. So the best & easiest way to provide water to your plant is to stand your plant in a tray or saucer of water. In the Spring & Summer from late March to late September your Flytrap plant should be stood in water about 1 1/2 inch deep. Your Venus Flytrap plant will absorb the water up slowly through it’s roots so you will need to check your plant say once or twice a week to see if the tray or saucer needs to be topped up. This next part is very important to your plant. You MUST not give your Flytrap plant “Tap Water” As the high mineral content in tap water will most likely kill your plant in a number of weeks !! So the only safe water to give your Flytrap is either Clean Fresh Rainwater or Distilled Water, Or you can also use Reverse Osmosis Water which you can either make using a Reverse Osmosis unit. It is possible to also purchase Reverse Osmosis Water from aquatic shops. As this is used in alot of Aquariums. Also note that Bottled mineral water that you can purchase from supermarkets etc. Is NOT to be used as again the mineral content is to high for your Flytrap plant. If in time your collection of plants becomes much larger it may be worth investing in a “Portable Reverse Osmosis Unit” that you can connect to your garden hose pipe & turn your tap water into pure clean water that you can use with your carnivorous plants. These reverse osmosis units are designed for aquarium use & can be purchased from ebay sellers or aquarium suppliers. And can be useful in drought situations with a large collection of plants. 3 Winter Care: During the winter season your Flytrap plant will start to go dormant. The summer traps will normally die back & new lower traps may grow nearer the soil surface. Your plant will need to be kept in a cooler place like an unheated spare room or unheated greenhouse. It will also appreciate as much sunlight that you can give your plant during the winter months. Also an East facing window can be used but the most important thing is the temperature. For your plant to go dormant it needs to be subjected to cooler winter temperatures below 10’C. Flytraps can withstand frosty conditions down to around -7’C. But we prefer to try & keep our Venus Flytrap plants just above freezing 0’C or just light frosts especially the more rarer forms. Artificial lighting can be of help and be beneficial to alot of your carnivorous plants during the dark cloudy winter months if you keep your plant in a dark room or basement. During the winter months is when the days become much shorter & the daylight hours decrease each day you will start seeing the larger bigger sized summer traps dye back. This is the time where you MUST now reduce your watering try to keep your Venus Flytrap plant soil just barely moist you can top water the plant & tip away any to much excess water that appears in the tray. As if the soil is to wet the flytrap plant can easily rot out during the winter time. It also a good idea to keep the plant clean at during the winter months by removing any dead traps from around the plant as these can lead to rotting. If you do find the plant has started to rot out try to remove any rotten material & then let the soil become much drier just lightly moist. Please note the soil MUST NEVER fully dry out you MUST keep the soil lightly moist but not soaking wet. The plant may then slowly recover with new traps slowly appearing from the rhizome. By keeping the soil lightly moist helps to reduce the chance of rotting the centre bulb. 4 Spring & Summer Care: From around the end of February into March your Venus Flytrap plants will start producing new traps more vigorously as they slowly start waking up from there winter dormancy period. Once your plant starts to vigorously produce new traps you can start increasing the water level in your plants tray up to about 1” deep then when the weather becomes much warmer you can increase the level to around 1 1/2” deep. Your plant must have as much strong sunlight throughout the summer months as possible which will increase the vigorous growth of new traps as well as give your Flytrap plant it’s full colouration.   Ok you have just purchased your first Venus Flytrap Plant. So how do you look after your plant ? Here is a Care Guide aimed at the beginner in mind.  > Back To The Care Guide Index < Care Guide For The Venus Flytrap Plant © CarnivorePlants.co.uk 2010