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This fascinating carnivorous plant catches it's own food. Attracted by the nectar, insects land on the traps and trigger them by making contact with one of the hairs. The trap closes, and the insect is slowly digested by the enzymes, which can take up to 10 days. It then reopens. 

Although not hard to care for there are a few things you need to be aware of.


Likes direct sun, ideally a sunny windowsill or conservatory. Can move outside over summer but bring in for autumn.


Use rainwater as they are sensitive to the chemicals in tap water. Allow the top 2cms to dry out, Mar-Oct. Stand in about 2 - 3 cms of water for about 20 minutes. Some growers leave it in longer. Think moist not soggy. Allow the soil to dry more in winter, see below.

Winter care:

Needs 3 months of winter dormancy. Leaves will turn yellow, then black. Keep

removing dead traps and leaves to prevent mould. Reduce watering to prevent rotting and keep just damp, check soil about every 2-3 weeks. Keep in a cool place, not central heating, like a greenhouse, coldframe or cold porch. Can withstand a frost and be kept outside, if sheltered from wind or in a greenhouse.


Repot every 2 years. You can get peat-free carnivorous compost.


Doesn’t need fertilising. Catches its own insects. If you want, you can give it the odd live insect. Avoid touching the traps to trigger them as each trap only catches around three insects, before it dies back. If multiple traps are set off this could weaken the plant.


Comes in a pot of your choice with a detailed handmade care label.

Venus fly trap in your choice of pot with handmade care label

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