A big thank you to Mr. Anonymous for being the first brave soul to test out my new blog! Here’s my answer to your Q about keeping your Venus Flytrap alive as a house plant.
Light: Bright sunny window
Water: Only use distilled, or rain water as chlorinated or tap water will kill your flytrap!
Watering Frequency: Always keep the peat moss your flytrap is planted in evenly moist. Since mine is in a terrarium with high humidity, I only need to water mine once a week. If yours is out in open air with no dome over it, you should have it sitting in a tray of distilled water at all times.
Humidity: The higher the better. If you have an old aquarium or fish bowl, you could nest the flytrap pot inside there to keep the humidity levels up. I have mine inside a miniature terrarium along with my potted orchids. Everything is in its own pot. And then, to keep the humidity levels up, I have a few small unique vases filled with water. As the water evaporates, it fills the air, creating a nice greenhouse effect.
Do I need to fertilize it? No
How often can I feed it a fly? Once a month only. Over feeding can kill it.
Can I feed it hamburger? No, it will rot and kill it….and stink:)
How often can I touch the traps and make them close for fun? I would avoid doing this, unless you are actually going to feed it a fly. Making the traps close saps a lot of energy from the plant, which, could ultimately cause….yep you guessed it DEATH.
What if I need to repot it? Always repot in peat moss or sphagnum peat. You can find it at your local garden center.
My flytrap is dying back! Is it dead? Not necessarily. Sometimes, flytraps undergo a dormancy period during the winter months. To test if it’s dead, feel below the soil. If the corm feels soft and squishy, it’s probably rotten and dead. If the corm is still firm, IT’S ALIVE! WOOHOO! Just give it a rest for a few months and put it in your fridge. When March rolls around, bring it out and start watering again and place it in its usual sunny spot. New leaves should begin emerging within a few weeks.
FLYTRAPS ARE FUN:) They are great plants for families looking for a way to get their kids excited about indoor gardening. And the great thing is, that you can find one to purchase just about anywhere nowadays. I recently saw a really nice one at Lowes a few weeks ago. It came in its own little cube shaped terrarium and looked very healthy.
GET GOOD DEALS ON FLYTRAPS: I bet if you went to a Lowe’s or Home Depot about now, you might find some flytraps that are on sale. They might be starting to go dormant. The general public might think they are just dead and not want to buy so the store managers might want to just, get rid of them. Just pop open the container, if the corm, the structure the leaves emerge from, still feels hard, buy it put the corm in the fridge, and pop it out in March!
And for all of you with kids or who are just young at heart, the link above has a super funny animated intro of a fly getting eaten by a Venus Flytrap. Check it out! http://www.flytraps.com