Can u plant Venus fly traps in with a flower or vegetable garden?
- Flytrap care.comLv 69 years agoFavorite Answer
You wouldn't be able to plant them in the same soil as a flower or veggie garden, but you could plant them outside in the ground provided that you made a "bog garden" to accommodate them. Venus fly traps are quite particular about the type of soil they grow in and need soil that's low in nutrients. Peat moss and perlite and/or silica sand make a good mixture.
In case you're new to growing flytraps, here are the basic things Venus Fly Traps require to stay healthy:
1. Sunlight - at least 4 hours of direct sunlight a day
2. Water - rain, distilled or reverse osmosis water only
3. Soil - Nutrient poor soil such as peat moss
4. Dormancy - Venus Fly Traps require a 3-4 month dormancy period
Venus fly traps like lots of light. Try to give it at least 4 hours of direct sunlight a day. The more you can give it the better. It is best to grow your fly trap outside where it can get plenty of sun and catch its own food. You don't actually have to feed a Venus Fly Trap anything other than sunlight and water. If you do choose to feed it, it only needs a few bugs a month and don't feed it anything other than insects.
Venus fly traps need clean water. Usually tap water will not do. It is best to use distilled water, rain water, or reverse osmosis water. Venus fly traps need water with a TDS (total dissolved solids) measurement of 50 ppm (parts per million) or less. In order to get this, you probably need to buy distilled water or reverse osmosis water or collect rain water. Their soil should be kept moist at all times except during the winter when it should be just barely damp. Contrary to what many people believe, Venus fly traps are not bog plants, so be careful not to over water the plant. The best way to water it is using the tray method. Allow the tray to dry out for a day or two before refilling it with an inch or so of water (assuming you're using a fairly deep pot), and you should let the tray dry out longer (6 to 8 days or until the soil is barely damp) when the plant is dormant.
For soil you can use a combination of peat moss and/or perlite and/or silica sand. Most growers use a 50:50 mix of peat moss and perlite. Venus Fly Traps aren't picky, but be sure to use some form of peat moss or sphagnum peat moss with perlite or silica sand to ensure that the media is nutrient poor. I typically use 5 parts peat, 3 parts silica sand and 2 parts perlite. This provides good aeration to the soil so that they can grow a healthy root system and get very large. Also, deep pots with good insulation help the plant grow larger and stronger by giving them more room and protection for their roots.
Finally, without a dormancy period, your plant's health will start to decline and it will eventually die. You can read more about dormancy here:
If you have any more questions, you should join the forum on my site and ask them there:Source(s): I grow a ton of Venus fly traps and run the website: http://www.flytrapcare.com/store/
- michaelLv 79 years ago
Venus Fly Traps need to be planted in a nutrient free medium. Away from there natural habitat this is a mixture of 50/50 moss peat and perlite . As the venus fly traps need to be kept soggy putting them outside in pots into the soil could be an option for you, with no drainage in and this mixture in the pot. You would need to keep them from drying out at any time , but they would be able to catch there food naturally.This would only be ok to do as long as the weather conditions outside are alright for the fly trap.
- degrandpreLv 43 years ago
a million: can venus flytraps eat snails? No, take a seem at them with flies or tiny slivers of meat 2: is rainwater okay to water them with? specific 3: for the dormancy era, is it ok if i placed my venus flytrap exterior?? specific 4. soo if my venus flytrap starts off to coach black, do i trim off the black stuff? specific i've got grown dozens of particular insectivorous vegetation
- 9 years ago
it depends on your areas climate. if i recall correctly, it needs to be a warm humid environment, quite boggy really
http://www.ehow.com/info_8013717_6-conditions-venu... can tell you more than i can!Source(s): bought my guy a seedling kit, read the booklet
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- meanolmawLv 79 years ago
no... conditions for each of them vary by a mile.....