Venus Flytrap

Venus Flytrap

When it captures a insect it takes a while to digest it, and during this period the plant does not look for other food. It can be considered an evergreen plant and its dimensions are relatively small. The disposition of the leaves creates a sort of rose shape in the middle of the plant. During the winter it turns the leaves inward to rest, while during the summer it rises them up.
Venus Flytrap

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Venus Flytrap locaion

The ideal soil must be a mixture of pond peat and perlite. In this way, the soil stays light and the plant grows healthy. During winter the lightness of the soil is necessary to allow humidity to be released in a faster way, avoiding accumulation of water. Temperatures are not a big deal for this plant which can live good on a range that goes from 0 to 35 degrees C.

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    Venus Flytrap watering

    Venus Flytrap wateringIt is fundamental to use water without any trace of limestone. The usage of tap water is discouraged as well. Using a water that does not respond to the plant necessity could jeopardize the life cycle of the plant. Watering should be performed when the soil gets dry but do not let it get too dry because a good dose of humidity should remain. During the winter, its leaves get really dry and they do not get better until the coming of spring.

    Venus Flytrap care

    When the plant is resting, leave it in a cold place rather than a warm one because it could create an unbalance for the whole life cycle. During the winter you should also reduce the watering because the plant is resting. When the plant is active, leave some water on the flowerpot saucer. Since they are strong plants, these venus flytraps do not need much protection. They can be found wild in nature or grown in a vase, so nothing is a problem for the plant, being strong and resistant.

    Venus Flytrap maintenance

    Aphids are the most common enemy for these kinds of plants. They could provoke serious malformations to the structure of leaves and carnivorous apparatus. In order to prevent this attack you should pay attention to some simple operations to perform on these plants. Perseverance and regularity with the usage of traditional anti-parasites, used a little bit more diluted than what suggested by the producers of the solutions, will help with the restoration of the plant health back to its best.