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Sowing the Venus flytrap: explained step by step

A Venus fly trap is something very special. Finally, it eats insects. If you want to have this plant, you can sow it yourself.

You need a lot of patience for this project. The seeds of the Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) are extremely germ-friendly under the right conditions.

However, it will take a few years for an adult carnivorous plant to develop. If you want to sow the Venus flytrap and use it yourself, you have to be patient. But your patience will pay off.

How to sow and care for the seeds properly

❶ Cool seeds:

The Venus fly trap is one of the cold germs whose seeds you need to expose to low temperatures before cultivation. Simply put the seeds in the refrigerator for three to four weeks. Use a closed container to keep out moisture and mold. You can extend the cold phase a little if necessary, but the shelf life of the seeds is not unlimited. So start sowing after three months at the latest.

❷ Prepare substrate:

Peat with some sand mixed in is ideal for growing the seeds. Crush large, solid chunks of peat so that the roots of the seedlings do not encounter impenetrable obstacles later. Then place the substrate in a wide growing tray with a perforated base and place the filled tray in a bath or shower tray with a little water. Then wait for the substrate to become saturated with moisture and then drain off any excess water.

❸ Sow Venus flytrap:

Spread the seeds of the Venus flytrap on the moist substrate, keeping a distance of a few centimeters. Leave the seeds uncovered and move the seed tray to a bright location. The first seeds will germinate after two weeks and the last seeds after just over a month.

❹ Water seeds and seedlings:

Do not water the seeds and seedlings of the Venus flytrap from above with the watering can, but let the substrate regularly draw water from below through the holes in the growing bowl. To create a warm, humid climate, you can cover the top of the bowl with a transparent film and perforate it with a needle so that the air exchange does not completely stop.

❺ Separate seedlings:

Sooner or later, as the seedlings grow, it becomes a little tight in the growing tray. Now choose the largest and strongest specimens, carefully detach them from the substrate and insert them individually in medium-sized flower pots. A mixture of peat and sand is also ideal for the growing and later for the large Venus fly traps.

Now patience is required: It will take around three to four years for the plant to develop into a full-blown insect fright with the notorious red catcher leaves.

Here you can find out how to always properly care for the Venus fly trap.