Venus flytraps (Dionaea muscipula) are quite small plants, with a rosette of leaves measuring about 20cm across, making them best for growing in pots – they can become lost in garden beds.
How do I grow them?
Give them a sunny spot and keep soil damp by sitting the pot in a saucer that can be filled with water. If you are growing the plants inside, a sunny windowsill is ideal.
When winter arrives, move indoor potted plants onto a verandah or porch outside – they need a period of dormancy. Lift the pot out of its saucer to allow soil to drain, and only water once a week during this time.
Carnivorous plants feed themselves – that’s why they are so easy to grow! However, if their insect diet runs a bit low (suchas when they are growing indoors), you can give them a boost using a high-nitrogen soluble fertiliser. Mix at half strength and apply to both leaves and soil. Resist the temptation to trigger empty traps, or the plant can die of starvation.