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Venus fly trap

Dionaea muscipula

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Start from seed, keep moist and very humid until most seeds have germinated, then reduce humidity to about 75%; temperature of 75-80F/ 24-27C. Transplant with fourth set of leaves. Grow in mixture of peat and coarse sand, plenty of room to grow. Use rain-, well- or distilled water: most residential water is limed, therefore alkaline, not appreciated by these plants

Keep pot in shallow tray of water during growing season. Requires large amounts of light: grow outside or in south-facing window. Do not fertilize or feed anything but insects. Humidity appreciated

Requires a dormant season in fall and winter, with temperatures down to 40F/5C; will tolerate light frost. Don't worry when the trap leaves fall; a few winter leaves keep the plant going. Keep soil barely moist

Sphagnum and Peat Moss
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