How to care for a Venus fly trap plant
Here are some other things to consider when it comes to learning how to care for a Venus fly trap indoors. Keep your plant sitting in water from spring till autumn.
In winter, your plant’s growth will stop and the leaves may turn black. When this happens, you don’t need to be panicky: the plant survives the cold winter with swollen corm under the soil surface, so this is a completely normal phenomenon!
This is why you have to keep it damp during this time. You can then resume normal watering when it bursts back into growth in spring. You may also want to cut the flower spike off to encourage more leaves.
The idea of feeding the plant with live insects sure is fun, but note that it’s not essential for the plant’s survival. So, you should never, ever neglect your plant’s ideal soil, water, or lighting needs just because you‘ve fed them with a lot of insects!
Remember that Venus fly trap is a plant, after all. Also, don’t feed your plant with bugs sprayed with insecticide as this could kill your plant.
Another thing you may need to consider when it comes to learning how to care for a Venus fly trap is regular repotting of the plant to ensure that it has adequate room to grow as well as to help keep the potting medium fresh.
It’s best to repot the plant annually during the spring or early summer as this is when they come out of their winter dormancy. Avoid repotting Venus fly traps while they are actively flowering.
To repot your carnivorous plant to its new home, fill a slightly larger new pot with the 1:1 mixture of peat moss and perlite. Gently water the new potting mixture with purified water or rainwater to moisten it. Then, create a small hole in the center of the new potting mixture where the Venus fly trap will be placed.
Carefully wiggle the Venus fly trap out of its current pot, being careful to handle the root ball and not the traps. With your fingers, gently break away the old potting medium from the roots of the Venus fly trap.
Then, place the plant into the new moistened potting mixture and carefully pat the soil into place around the roots. Lastly, water the plant thoroughly.