Carnivorous Plants/Venus fly trap


Whats rong with my vft?i transplanted it 3 months ago

Thank you uploading the photo.  That helped out a lot.  Based on your photo, it looks like there were contaminants in the soil and/or water.  The plant looks like there were either fertilizer in the soil or being watered with high mineral water.  Venus flytraps need soil that is free of any fertilizers and water that is low in minerals.  

Unfortunately, the plant looks severely stunted given how long you've had it in these conditions.  It may or may not be salvageable.  If it is salvageable, it may not be until two years later when it'll look normal again.  (Yes, it does take this long for a flytrap to recover from this type of damage.  They don't grow as quickly as other plants, and they are very sensitive to minerals.)  Because of this, I recommend tossing it and starting over with a new plant.  

If you choose to save it, transplant it in a fresh mix of peat moss and perlite.  Make sure the ingredients do not have any added fertilizers.  Read the label carefully.  Water your plant with distilled water or rainwater.  Though we normally recommend growing flytraps outside, with fall and winter coming, you will need to grow your plant indoors in a very sunny windowsill.  Make sure it gets several hours of direct sunlight.  Be aware that you have a very long and difficult task if you choose to save this plant.  Besides correcting the soil and water, you will need lots of time and patience.

For more information about growing Venus flytraps, read our care guide on our main website.

Good growing!
Jacob Farin

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