Cultivation tips for the fly trap plant

That old fish bowl or antiquated aquarium gathering dust in your attic might have some use after all. That is if you’re planning to cultivate the exotic fly trap plant, which is quite easy to grow. There are only few requirements for these carnivorous plants to thrive: acidic soil, high humidity, wet roots, and full sunlight.

The soil base recommended is a mixture of sand and sphagnum moss with no lime or fertilizer added. The fly trap that you’ll order will come either as a bulb or rhizome. If you’re planting a bulb, its roots should be planted facing down so that the top of the bulb is even with the soil mixture. Every few years, transplant your fly trap into a new soil mixture.

You should ensure that the plant is not overexposed to the sun during summer, particularly if you’re cultivating it in a glass container or terrarium where the temperature could become too hot. A two-hour exposure to the sun should be sufficient. A reverse procedure is the order of the day during winter. If your area gets too cold, cover the terrarium tops at night to keep the plants moist and warm or move the fly trap plants away from windows.

If your fly trap plant is planted in a pot or bowl, place it in a larger container and cover this container up with plexiglass, but only partially to allow air circulation. Growing the plants indoors will also require the fly trap plants to be fed with insects. Feed them bugs, small slugs or houseflies, but not too many. Only a couple will do during the growing season of the fly trap plant.

Start off with one of these high quality fly trap plants:

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