Quick Tips for your Venus flytrap
� The Venus Fly trap likes as much light as it can get. A south-facing windowsill is ideal. The traps can grow red on their inner traps if they are getting sufficient light, although completely green traps work just are fine. Venus flytraps respond well to artificial lighting such as fluorescent grow light. A photoperiod of 16 � 18 hours is recommended during the active growing season.
� Grow the plant in live or shredded sphagnum moss or in specially prepared carnivorous plant mix. Never use ordinary compost, as this is most likely to contain extra nutrients in the soil, which could be enough to kill off your plant!
� NEVER give it fertilizer of any kind. This will do the plant untold damage since it should get its nutrients from the insects it catches, not the soil.
� Stand the pot in a saucer of water, rainwater or distilled water you van purchase very cheaply. You should aim to keep about 1/4 to 1/2 inch in the saucer at all times, so the soil stays evenly damp.
Note: During the winter, reduce the watering to a minimum, only once per week or even once every two weeks, just so the soil doesn't dry out completely.
Also, there is no need to water the top of the plant at all, just let the plant soak up the water from a tray or saucer.
� Avoid low humidity. Keep well above 50%. If you live in a dry climate, you will not be able to grow these without a terrarium or humid enclosure.
� Resist the temptation to trigger the traps; each closing of the traps will lose the plant some more energy. Obviously, if the plant isn't catching food with these closures, it will slowly get weaker.
� Snip off the rotten, brown leaves as they die away. It won�t harm the plant to leave them lying around but they sure look unsightly after a while.
� If you do feed it DON'T use dead insects.� This is because the traps need their hairs to be continually triggered for a time to allow the digestive enzymes to be released.� The trap will then reopen in a few days, without dissolving the food.
� If your plant hasn't caught anything recently and you're getting worried, see if you can catch an alive or semi-alive insect that's still moving about. Drop it into a trap and is should perform the required movement to get itself eaten!
� If you do get a flower stem growing out of the middle of your flytrap and the plant is still small (under 4 inches diameter) it�s a good idea to cut it off because the plant looses too much energy producing the stem.
� These plants can be grown outdoors, especially if you live in warmer climates of the world. However, if you live in a part of the world where your winters are cold, you will need to bring you plants in before the first frost sets in.
� Any seeds produced can be planted onto shredded sphagnum moss or pure perlite. It helps to keep the temperature relatively warm - 70 to 80 �F (21-26 �C)