@ Mellonworthy. Thanks for the heads up about tap water.
@ Venom1. Sorry. I totally don't need de-humidity here, lol.
Btw, tap water can be used if it is put in an open bottle and left out for 2 days. That lets the chlorine and stuff get out of it. Filtered water can get rid of some of the chemicals too but proly not enough. Flytraps don't like minerals or chlorine and should not be fertilized. The only soil should be 70% peat moss with 30% construction-grade sand without salt or perlite.
Mine died so I did a ton of reading about fly traps. They eat flies, spiders, large ants, ladybugs, tiny grasshoppers, small crickets, small slugs, and large ants. Those are all great food for it but never feed it raw meat like hamburger because that can kill the whole plant. The whole plant needs 1 bug each month but 2 each month will make it grow better. If there are no bugs you can feed it dried crickets from a pet shop and those are only about $20 for 1,000.
Very important. Never feed it a bug too big for it to close all the way on. That can cause it to get infected and die.
If it's humid then you can leave the top off. If it's not humid then leave it on. It can be open when it's dry for maybe 2 hours but then spray it and put the top back on and get it humid again. Always have it off if it's in direct sunlight or it will fry. The best way for light is on a window sill in a half day of morning sunlight because the light then is not as strong so it won't burn as easy. Keep it covered when the sunlight is not direct.
You will know if they have enough light because the inside of the traps will be red and the leafs will be long. And the traps will be about 2 to 4 inches above the ground.
If you use fluorescent light, it should be hot and full spectrum light and it should be 1 foot above the soil.
Also it's normal for leafs to turn brown and die. Brown leafs should always be cut off and new leafs will replace them. The only leafs that are alive in the winter (early November to mid February) will be short and near the ground.
to in the spring
. The flower
stems are about 6 inches tall with tiny white flowers
. The traps won't grow much while this is happening. You can pollinate them by rubbing the flowers
face to face with each other. The tiny pod it makes will look like it's trying to open up by itself when it's ready to pick. Spread the tiny seeds
in another pot with the same kind of peat moss mix. The seedlings
will need about 3 years to become adult plants. :)
Edit about feeding. A trap will only close 4 or 5 times before it dies. If the trap really did catch a bug then it will be replaced by a bigger trap. If it didn't eat then it just dies.