Venus Fly Trap
Venus Fly Trap
Venus Fly Trap
Venus Fly Trap
Venus Fly Trap
Venus Fly Trap
Venus Fly Trap
Venus Fly Trap
Venus Fly Trap
Venus Fly Trap
Venus Fly Trap
Venus Fly Trap
Venus Fly Trap

Venus Fly Trap

Arguably the most iconic of the insect eating plants and one of the largest traps available.
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  • VENUS FLY TRAP - A real carnivorous plant that captures and eats insects and flies. A fascinating plant to add to your house plant collection.
  • FLY CATCHER - Toothed jaws spring shut when triggered by its prey. The mouth, as we like to call it, has tiny hairs on a bright red base which when touched or triggered will snap shut around its prey.
  • CARE - Easy to grow and ideal for a bright, sunny windowsill. Use rainwater (not tap water) to keep the soil moist - the venus fly trap is a native of USA swamps. Once a prey has been caught the jaw does not re-open for 10 - 12 days.
  • FASCINATING PLANT FOR CHILDREN - Educational and fascinating plant for kids to grow. Allow your children to watch and learn how the Venus Fly Trap captures its prey and digest them. A brilliant living gift!
  • DETAILS - Supplied as a large, multi-crowned, established plant in a 12cm pot. PLEASE NOTE: THE TRAPS CAN BE TRIGGERED DURING TRANSIT WHICH CAUSES THE HEAD TO GO BLACK. NEW HEADS WILL GROW.

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Arguably the most iconic of the insect eating plants, the jawed traps spring shut when triggered by a passing insect and begin the process of digesting the victim to release its valuable nutrients.

This is a variety which can grow traps over 2.5cm (1in) and is one of the largest plants that we have seen offered for sale, so you don't have to wait years to get a substantial number of traps.

The Venus flytrap attracts insects by releasing a scent which mimics those emitted by fruits and flowers and in addition, the lobes of each trap secrete a sweet mucous which act as an attractant along with red colouring which intensifies in bright summer sun, fooling the insect into thinking that it is a flower.

The traps of this fascinating plant are shaped from the ends of the leaves, with specially adapted hair-like sensors which cause the trap to be triggered when touched two or three times in quick succession. This prevents accidental triggering by rain or debris falling in and the traps are also clever enough not to close on tiny insects which would waste valuable energy for very little return. Once the jaws have closed, there is no escape.

The struggling insect stimulates the trap to close further, immobilising it. Digestive acids are then produced by the leaf which kill, then dissolve the body and absorb the valuable nutrients.

Once closed, traps take 5 to 12 days to reopen after the prey has been digested and will only work a couple of times before they become unusable - so do not be tempted to closed them yourself as this will weaken the plant.

Supplied as an established plant in a 12cm pot, much bigger than plants offered for sale elsewhere and with more than one crown, ready to give you an instant pest clearing service.

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Item 800155 supplied as:
Supplied as a large, established plant in a 12cm pot, much bigger than plants offered for sale elsewhere, ready to give you an instant pest clearing service.

Plant Care Information

Perfect In Pots
Perfect In Pots
Plant In Sunshine
Plant In Sunshine
Protect From Frost
Protect From Frost

Top Tips

Secret of success - always rainwater, never tap water, allow a period of winter rest

Care Information

How to grow the Venus Fly Trap

  • A native of USA swamps, the Venus Fly Trap - Dionaea Muscipula - will grow perfectly happily on a windowsill or frost-free greenhouse, where plants need only to be kept in a tray of rainwater or distilled water 1-2cm (in -1in).
  •  Able to cope with temperatures down to 0C and easily overwintered in a cold greenhouse or porch, the leaves emerge each spring from an underground bulb and form a rosette of 4-7 traps.


Spring/Summer care:

  • Plant should be watered from below during the growing season. The easiest way to do this is to permanently stand the pot in a saucer that is filled with rainwater to 2.5cm (1in) deep.
  • Don't be tempted to feed plants yourself, they'll catch all that they need themselves. If you must, just leave them outside for a few days in the summer to 'catch up'.
  • The Venus Flytrap may flower, but it is best to cut these off as this will weaken the plant and result in fewer, smaller traps.
  • Never apply fertiliser to the plants.


Autumn/Winter care:

  • From September, you will notice some of the leaves begin to die off, and this is perfectly normal and nothing to worry about as the plant enters its winter dormancy.
  • Watering at this time can be reduced so that plants are kept just damp - all you need to do is let the water tray empty before filling it up again, to about 1cm deep.
  • Any dead foliage can be cut off.
  • Plants need a cold winter rest, so if you are growing your plant indoors, move it to a cooler position such as an unheated greenhouse, porch or unused and unheated room.
  • Plants are hardy down to 0C, then towards the end of February, they will start to come back into growth, and they can be put back on a sunny windowsill and stood back into a tray of rainwater.
  • Secret of success - always rainwater, never tap water, allow a period of winter rest

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Fully Grown Plant Dimensions (approx)

Plant Dimensions
10 cm
15 cm
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