The Dionaea Muscipula, otherwise known as the Venus fly trap, is characterized by its ability to eat live bugs such as flies. You might also know it by it’s green and/or pink claw or mouth-like traps. Additionally, this plant originated in North Carolina, in the United States of America.
Dionaea Muscipula Plant Information
Botanical Name: Dionaea Muscipula
Nicknames: Venus Fly Trap
Origin: North Carolina, US, North America
Size: The size of the Dionaea Muscipula varies from 2 cm to 10 cm. These plants are generally bushier than they are tall.
Dionaea Muscipula Plant Care
Here are tips to taking care of your Dionaea Muscipula including watering, lighting, propagation, and more!
The venus fly trap prefers very bright direct light. However, be sure not to burn the foliage yes still provide a very bright lighting situation.
Watering The Dionaea Muscipula
This plant needs to remain moist but without being soggy. Further, the roots are sensitive and should only be watered with distilled water.
Fertilizing The Venus Fly Trap
Do not fertilize as this will hard the roots.
Keep this plant in temperatures between 60°-90° F. Additionally, keep the plant away from cold drafts which can damage the plant.
Dionaea Muscipula prefers normal household humidity. To create normal humidity, you could use a dehumidifier in high humidity environments or a humidifier in low humidity environments; however, strive for normal humidity.
Pruning the Venus Fly Trap
Pruning this plant requires trimming the flowering stems. However, if you want seeds, do not trim these stems.
How to Propagate the Dionaea Muscipula
One of the most common and effective ways to propagate this plant is by using plant division. Further, you can learn more about propagating with plant division HERE.
Potential Problems with Dionaea Muscipula
The roots are very sensitive and use of proper water and soil is essential for a healthy fly trap. Do proper research regarding these areas before purchasing and caring for the venus fly trap.
The Dionaea Muscipula is generally not considered poisonous. Further, if you would like more information regarding poison levels, you can read more about 5 different poison levels HERE.
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Overview of the Dionaea Muscipula Care
|Nickname||Venus Fly Trap|
|Botanical Name||Dionaea Muscipula|
|Lighting||Bright Indirect Light|
|Watering||Distilled Water; Moist not soggy|
|Pruning||Trim Flowering Stems|
|Poison Level||Not Poisonous|