Carnivorous Plants/Flytraps


I have grown my Flytraps for about a year by a cool sunny window. I grow them in pure long fibered sphagnum moss and they get at least 8 hrs of sun a day. I give them dormancy in the garage in a shelf that gets only a bit of sun, it only gets down to 32 degrees in there. They are just coming out of their 4 month dormancy, so I put them back by their window. After a little less then a week they started growing traps. One even has a small developed trap, but all the others are tiny little traps which all the fly traps are growing, during their growing season they grew traps that got to as big as an inch. But now they are growing half centimeters traps. I don't know if there is something wrong or they just do not have enough energy to produce larger traps. I just want to make sure so I can do something before something worse happens. Thank you!

Pocosin Habitat in Brunswick County, North Carolina
Pocosin Habitat in Bru  

Venus Flytrap
Venus Flytrap  
Hi Jack,

You can pretty much take what I told you about the Sarracenia flava and apply it to your Venus Flytrap.  If you look at the picture I sent you of our nursery you can see some pools toward the middle that don't seem to have pitcher plants in them.  Those have Venus flytraps and North American sundews.  Most, if not all, the problems you appear to be having with both plants have to do with light which is probably not enough.

Now having said that, it's way, way too early for a Venus flytrap to be producing the larger traps.  Those usually occur once the temperature is in the 90's (which flytraps love) during the summer.  Also, our days are still pretty short since we haven't quite gotten to the spring Equinox yet.  You'll need to give the plants time.  If you could supplement them with something like a fluorescent shop-light that would help them out.  Both plants should be outdoors in a sunny spot for late spring and summer.  Here's a link to our care sheet pages:

Also consider taking a look at our volume #1 DVD.  It's a hands-on guide that doesn't just tell you, it shows you how to grow the plants, and will help you avoid the myths and pitfalls so common to new growers from misinformation they've read on the internet, and from older information on carnivorous plants.

Good Growing!

Jeff Dallas
Sarracenia Northwest

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