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Dionaea muscipula - Venus Fly Trap

Dionaea muscipula (Venus Fly Trap) seeds


Fascinating little insectivorous plant originating from swamps in the USA, forming rosettes of leaves each with a trap at the tip. The lovely, red, nectar covered traps prove irresistible to insects, who after landing on them, trigger the traps to suddenly snap shut in less than a second. A great fun plant to grow!

Quality seed sourced from a specialist carnivorous plant nursery, collected from a variety of Fly Traps species.

Tender Perennial (min 5C)
Height: 10cm, Spread: 30cm
Position: Lots of light and a humid atmosphere (soil best kept moist at all times)

Packet of 15 seeds



Note: Water with rainwater or purified water whenever possible.

Sowing Instructions: Sow at any time of the year on the surface of a moist, free-draining peat based seed compost (eg. Levington) mixed in equal parts with vermiculite, or, for even better results, a specialist compost for carnivorous plants (available at any garden centre). Propagate at 23 to 27C in a propagator, greenhouse or on a windowsill indoors sealed in a polythene bag. Take care to keep the soil moist at all times and the humidity high. Germination can take up to 10 weeks.

Growing Instructions: Grow the seedlings on at around 20C, keeping the soil moist and the humidity high. When large enough to handle, pot up individually into 6 – 8cm pots using carnivorous plant compost. They need lots of light and must be kept well watered. Fly traps can be moved outside in summer and will benefit greatly from being moved to a light, cool place indoors and watered less for the winter as they grow better if they have a relatively dormant period.

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