Name: Venus Fly Trap
Scientific Name: Dionaea muscipula
Full-bloom Period: Summer
Type: Carnivorous Plant
Item Type: Seeds
Seeds Quantity: 10 Seeds
This predator waits patiently, attracting its pray with the sweet aroma of its sap. One the pray is lured in, the jaws shut swifl, trapping the pray. After a brief struggle, the plant begins to digest its catch. Tips to grow: Venus Flytrap seeds should not be stratified, although if they are not sowed immediately they can be stored in the refrigerator to help them remain fresh longer and increase germination when sowed at a later date.
1) Don't burry the seed! Place on top of a soil and give it a light dusting to barely cover it. The soil should be a very low-nutrient mix based on sphagnum peat moss, silica sand and /or perlite. No "potting soil" (usually has nutrients added) and no Miracle-Gro brand since they enrich their sphagnum peat moss and perlite with plant food.
2) Use only rain water or distilled water). To water the seeds, use a spray bottle to gently mist the soil surface or continue to spray to saturate the medium until some water drains out, or water from below, allowing the soil to suck water upward through the drain holes from a tray or bowl of water. While germinating the seeds, the soil should be fairly moist. As the plants begin to grow reduce watering. Venus Flytraps, once they are past the tiny seedling stage, grow very healthy in just moist rather than soggy or saturated soil. Make sure the soil never dries out.
3) Keep the temperature between 78 degrees Fahrenheit to 90 degrees Fahrenheit (24-32 or more degrees Celsius/Centigrade) If you live in a dry climate, it helps to germinate Venus Flytraps in a covered container. A disposable plastic food storage container will work. Cut or punch holes in the top for heat escape and air circulation, and poke some tiny holes in the bottom of the container to drain excess water. Lift the lid of the container at least once a day and fan the air for a change of fresh air. The container should not be placed in direct sunlight. Bright indirect light is best. Alternatively, the seeds may be sown in any regular pot or planting container, and temporarily covered with a clear plastic bag when in indirect light. Once most of the seeds have germinated (within 4-6 weeks) the covering can be permanently removed and the seedlings then placed in direct sunlight.