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I have been reading a lot about flytraps lately, and many sites say  that if you let them flower they usually die. I thought that was kinda weird! So I went back to the SNW caresheets and you guys mention the flowers but there's no mention of killing the flytraps by allowing them to flower. I take your word because you guys know your stuff-- so-- let them flower or not?

Hi Maire,

Like so many things the devil is in the details with this topic.  If you have a new, fairly small Venus Flytrap that you're not sure how it was grown, such as a grocery store rescue, then yes, by all means cut off the flower(s).  They greatly weaken an already very likely weak plant.  Sometimes plants will bloom from stress too, same story then, cut them off.  

Now if you have a plant that's been growing for a couple years and is doing good, you can let it bloom, especially if you would like seeds.  They do set seed fairly easy.  Many insects are attracted to their small white flowers.  If you want to let your plants put more energy into leaves/traps, then cut them off.  Flytrap flowers are not as pretty as Sarracenia, so it's not the show that Pitcher Plants are.  Letting a mature healthy plant bloom is not a problem, and certainly won't kill it.  They will slow down in leaf production, however.  People are so unaccustomed to seeing healthy flytraps it's easy to see how a myth like this would get started.

Good Growing!

Jeff Dallas
Sarracenia Northwest

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