The Carnivorous Plant FAQ v. 11.5
- courtesy of -
The International Carnivorous Plant Society

Q: How do I care for my tiny seedling flytrap?

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Seedlings close up
Having foolishly allowed your plants to flower, you obtained seeds, stratified them, and now you have a pot filled with little Venus flytraps seedlings. Congratuations!

Your teensy plantlets will require about two years before they are big enough to comfortably consume a fly. What do you feed it until then?

The good news is that you do not have to feed your plants. Believe it or not, the pot your plants live in is filled with scads of little tiny buglets like springtails. Your flytraps will do just fine nibbling on these almost-microscopic buglets. Even if they do not catch bugs, they will grow just fine as conventional plants. Within a few years you will have many mouths to feed.

Don't forget, if you lose patience and fertilize them, the plants will quite probably die.

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Revised: January 2007
©Barry Rice, 2005