Carnivorous Plants/Venus flytrap

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Hi I also got a Venus flytrap with a flower bud,I was wondering how to care for it during the flowering months.thanks

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Hello Joseph,

Just keep doing whatever you are doing for the plant. The main thing to ensure regardless is that the plant gets full sunlight. That would be direct sun outside all day, not in a window or a shaded patio. Venus Flytraps are very dependent on high intensity light during the growing season.

After the flowers have blossomed, wait for them to dry out and blacken completely down the scape, then watch for the pods to begin to split open. Once that occurs, the plant is ready to release seeds. Clip the scape off and collect any seeds by crushing the dried out pods over a sheet of paper. Each pod can produce between 0-20 or so seeds which can be immediately dropped on sphagnum moss and kept moist. They will sprout within 2-6 weeks or so. I usually just drop the seeds around the parent plants, keeping them in the same conditions as the parents, and they grow without issue.

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Christopher Littrell

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I am capable of answering questions about the most common carnivorous plants found in cultivation. I have no personal experience with Byblis, Drosophyllum, Aldrovanda, and Heliamphora. I have not cultivated gemmae forming pygmy sundews nor tuberous sundews. For information regarding those aforementioned species, I would suggest contacting other experts. I can answer questions regarding most species of Nepenthes, tropical and temperate Drosera, Mexican Pinguicula, Sarracenias, and Dionaea. I have some limited experience with growing Utricularia, Cephalotus, and Darlingtonia.

Experience

I have grown carnivorous plants off and on for about 27 years. I have made the same mistakes and suffered the same mishaps that many growers make as they attempt to separate the myths from the realities of growing these plants. Currently, I am successfully growing a variety of tropical sundews, a Nepenthes, several Venus Flytraps of varying ages, and Sarracenias. I have been successful in stratifying Sarracenia seeds and providing artificial dormancy requirements for my temperate plants when needed.

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I hold a Master's degree in Educational Psychology. Over my lifetime, I have constantly read books involving the growing conditions of carnivorous plants. I hope to incorporate the educational aspects involved in psychology with teaching other people how to cultivate carnivorous plants.

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