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Location: Sunny Nthn NSW Australia
Posted: Oct/17/2007 10:22 PM PST
I have just bought a VFT & was concerned about what water to use as I had heard that only distilled or rainwater should be used. Found the Botanical Society of America's Mysterious Venus Flytrap site & type of water is not mentioned at all, even though they go into a great deal of detail re their care. The care label on the plant gives a lot of care info but also does not specify using non-tap water. The BSA site says they are one of the easiest carnivorous plants to grow. I sure hope they are right I potted mine in peat moss, boy did it take some H2O to finally get wet through
Location: Foothills east of Sacramento, Ca
Posted: Aug/11/2009 6:14 PM PST
Venus flytraps don't NEED humidity to survive!! When you bring one home from the store lift up the cover, put a tooth pick or something tiny under the dome lifting it up a tiny bit. Give it about a week to acclimate to your area, and every few days lift the dome alittle higher. Watch it and keep it moist with distilled or rain water, never let it dry out! I have a few and they are out-
side in full sun, mouths wide open and wait'in for dinner.I do admit to helping them out! Be sure and don't put an insect in if it is bigger than the trap, it will turn black and die. Let the plant sit in a water tray with it full, some say only about an inch of water but it's hot here so I have to make sure it doesn't dry out when my back's turned.
The soil is pure sphagnum peat moss, again there are other receipts for additives such as perlite or vermiculite to keep the soil light and allows in air. Fly traps thrive outside and not so good indoors. Mine have even survived winters outside with at least 3' of snow (because they need a dormant period). They're tuff little critters and they're really not that hard.
They are definitely like roses in that once you buy one, ya gotta have another!