Here are some Quick Rules of Thumb for Care
Transplanting Your Venus Fly Trap
You can plant your flytrap in a typical gardening container. They also tend to do very well in a semi closed container like the one shown in the picture here. The shape of the bowl keeps the humidity elevated and the glass of course lets lots of sunlight in.
About the Planting Medium
It is very important that you do not plant them in potting soil. The chemicals, nutrient and fertilizer will kill the plants. They do not derive their sustenance from the soil. They derive it from the insects. The planting medium is a way for them to root and stay firmly in place.
Mix a half and half mixture of Spaghnum Peat Moss and Perlite. This is the medium you should plant them in. And when buying it be sure that there are no chemicals or fertilizers added. Read the bag.
Transplant the Venus Flytrap
Remove it from its pot and peel away most of the peat moss. You will come to a white section that looks like celery. This is the rhizome or the underground plant stem. This white part is what gets buried in soil. Poke a hole in your peat moss and place the plant in it. Do this carefully and gently. Then pat it down so it is firm.
You may also find offshoots for smaller plants. You should separate and plant these too.
In the previous picture I had removed a flytrap from its pot and separated it out. I found a smaller venus flytrap in there so I transplanted it. You can see that baby flytrap in this picture here.
This picture shows the rhizome of the flytrap. This light colored part is the part that you put into the soil.
UPDATE ON THE VENUS FLYTRAPS
These two pictures are taken about a month after I got the Flytraps and made the terrarium. You can see a large stem and flower bud has emerged from the flytraps. I have read some stuff about this and they are going to be blooming into flowers. Typical advice is that I should trim these off because it takes a lot of energy away from the plant. But I am not going to do this. I will just let them bloom.
Here is a picture of the flytrap having flowered. Beautiful!
A Note from Will: This first venus fly trap is the exact one that I ordered from Amazon.com but they have a wide selection of them. I wanted small ones and you can get larger ones too. I bought six. More Venus Fly Traps and Carnivorous Plants right here on amazon.com
This one is very popular on amazon with lots of great ratings. From Hirtz gardens which I have bought from many times. They are very reputable.
Nature provides this remarkable plant with "traps" to lure and capture its food. The traps are covered inside by tiny hairs and a sticky sweet smelling substance attractive to insects. When an insect touches the trigger hair, the trap is activated and closes around its victim. After digestion of its meal (whick takes several days), the trap will open again for a new catch.
Table Top Gothic House Carnivorous Terrarium (Wardian Case) with live plants
You will receive the Table Top Gothic House Terrarium, moss, and carnivorous plants including Venus Fly Trap, Butterwart, Sundew, Pitcher Plant, Cobra Plant. The exact mix of plants you receive depends on the season. You will also receive complete planting and care instructions.
The Savage Garden: Cultivating Carnivorous Plants - In addition to the familiar Venus flytrap, there are several hundred species of carnivorous plants on our planet. Most can be grown in the amateur gardener's backyard or even in a window box. Full-color photos show the plants at work and at rest and tell you everything you need to successfully grow your own--little garden of horrors. Full-color throughout.
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