The Venus Flytrap: Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) is undoubtedly the most notorious carnivore known in the plant kingdom and home garden enthusiasts.
Venus FlyTrap is accustomed to the swampy areas of North Carolina and South Carolina. This plant is used to a low-nutrient culture in Carolina boglands. The Venus Flytrap gets its nutrients by “eating” insects.
Although Venus Flytrap has gained prominence due to the fact that it is tough to grow, this stereotype is not guaranteed because its growing conditions are very simple.
If you want your Venus flytrap to grow and thrive, repotting is a must. Also, ensure you have enough room to grow this plant.
Before starting the transplant, it is important to keep in mind that Venus Flytrap has rhizomes that help store energy and produce roots and buds from plants. So don’t worry about bulging white rhizomes.
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When to Repot a Venus Fly Trap
To get the best results, Venus flytraps should be moved (repotted) annually to help keep the soil fresh. Over time, the potting medium of the pots can become compressed. This makes the growing of new roots difficult.
Although Venus Flytrap does not care about being transplanted for most of the year, spring or early summer is the best time to repot these plants.
Note: If your Venus Flytrap is blooming, do not repot it.
It’s also good to move the Venus Fly Trap as soon as you buy it. This is to ensure that the impurities in the nursery water do not remain on the potting soil.
Venus Fly trap needs clean water to grow and thrive (it is best to provide rainwater or filter water!) The planting process after purchase ensures that the potting medium is fine. This is because Venus Flytraps need a specific medium to grow better.
How to Select the Best potting Medium for the Venus Flytrap
One of the most important aspects of successfully replanting a Venus Flytrap is the selection of the potting medium/soil.
Venus Flytraps belong to the swamps of South and North Carolina. These carnivorous plants love acidic soil and a growing medium devoid of nutrients. Using a well-nourished and nutrient-rich potting medium will quickly burn and kill the Venus flytraps.
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When you start repotting Venus Fly trap, the soil mixture of standard carnivorous plants should be used. You can prepare one for yourself or you can buy it from the market.
If you mix the soil yourself, a 1: 1 mixture of perlite and peat moss is perfect. The peat helps to maintain the acidity needed by Venus flytrap. While perlite helps in maintaining the moisture of the potting medium.
How to Select The Right Pot For Repotting Venus Flytrap
There are some important things to consider when you select a pot for your Venus Flytrap.
Although Venus Flytrap doesn’t grow bigger, roots can grow deep during the maturity period. Therefore choosing pots with depth will benefit the plant in the future.
Pots with a minimum depth of four inches are best to repot the plants. Selecting such pots will help the roots to grow while keeping most of the water away from rhizomes.
Good insulation for the Venus Fly Trap is also required. When growing indoors, the insulation is not necessary because the temperature can be easily controlled.
But it is generally best to leave more space around the rhizomes so that the soil in the pots gives them protection from intense heat and the cold.
For perfect isolation, it is recommended to have two-inch of potting soil around the edges of the rhizomes. As a result, you might have to choose a bigger pot for repotting the Venus Flytrap. Mostly try using plastic pots for repotting Venus Fly Trap.
9 Steps of Repotting A Venus Flytrap
- Carefully fill the pot with a 1: 1 mix of perlite and peat moss.
- Gently sprinkle the potting medium with clean water or rainwater to moisturize the medium.
- Make a small hole in the center of the new pot mix where you will repot Venus Flytrap.
- Carefully shake the venus fly trap out of the old pot. Handle the root balls carefully.
- With your fingers, gently separate the old soil from the roots of the Venus flytrap.
- If necessary, separate several plants from each other so that they can be planted separately in different pots.
- Place the plants in a fresh wet potting mix and carefully press the soil around the roots.
- Water the plant well: The water should flow through the bowl and come out of the drainage holes.
- If you complete the repotting process as mentioned above, the Venus flytrap must be completely stable and usually do not require additional care.
It’s normal to see a halt in growth one to two weeks after the transplanting (repotting). After repotting, few Venus Fly traps may lose some traps. As long as this beautiful carnivorous plant has healthy roots and rhizomes, it will not bother you.
When placing a Venice fly trap in a pot, you need to be careful and gentle. Make sure not to touch-trigger the traps of the plant. Triggering traps waste a lot of plant’s energy. If possible, try holding the plant with the root ball instead by traps or stem.