A23 VENUS FLY TRAP by housework


									                    VENUS FLY TRAP
        Venus flytraps are probably THE most popular plant with anyone under the age of 12!
 Flytraps belong to a group of plants known as insectivorous or carnivorous plants — they eat in-
 sects and meat. Sort of. Not like hamburger or chicken, but insects like spiders and flies.

         There are several plants in this category, but the care is virtually identical for all of them.

 • keep in medium to high light, but not direct sun. They tend to like average to cool tempera-
   tures best, around 55-75 degrees. They have a dormant period from November to March—
   keep the plant as cool as possible, down to 38 degrees even, and reduce watering, but don’t
   let the plant dry out. It doesn't need much light during this time.
 • flytraps grow best in long-fibered sphagnum moss mixed with sand. Use distilled water or
   rainwater only, and change the water often.
 • DO NOT force feed venus flytraps. As long as the traps are periodically exposed to the air,
   they can feed themselves. Also, don’t poke anything into the traps.


 none —-they don’t require fertilizer, and if they do develop an insect problem, it’s very difficult to
 get rid of the problem without damaging the plant.

 If you have a boggy backyard, or a garden pond, consider planting one of the hardy varieties of
 pitcher plants. They are actually plant native to Virginia, and are losing habitat every day due to
 construction and overbuilding.

       butterwort                 pitcher plants                     sundew                    venus fly trap

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Strange’s Florist Inc 12111 W. Broad St Richmond, VA 23233 804-360-2800 www.strangesgardencenter.com

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