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  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Direct Light)
  • Above Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 6-12 inches
  • Pet Safe

Perhaps the most well-known carnivorous plant is the Venus fly trap, or Dionaea muscipula as it is botanically called. An evergreen carnivorous plant native to North America, it uses sweet nectar to attract insects that trigger its bright green and toothed traps to close. Unable to escape, the insects are dissolved by digestive enzymes that feed the plant and subsequently re-open to catch more prey. Although not the easiest houseplant to grow, with the right care and conditions it can thrive.

Best Locations For Growing Venus Fly Trap 

The Venus Fly Trap can be grown in any room as long it receives enough sunlight and moderate levels of humidity. Being such an unusual plant, you’ll want to grow it somewhere you can appreciate it. 

Venus Fly Trap Plant Sunlight Requirements

When growing the Venus Fly Trap indoors, it needs to receive as much direct light as possible; near a south-facing window is ideal. 

Venus Fly Trap Care

As it matures, the Venus Fly Trap Plant will need repotting every year or two. When repotting, an ericaceous low-nutrient growing medium is advisable, a mix of sphagnum moss and perlite is ideal. This plant prefers a temperature range of 70° - 95° during the growing season, from spring until fall. During the winter, colder temperatures are required to encourage the plant to enter its dormancy; an unheated but frost-free garage is ideal.

Watering Venus Fly Trap 

The Venus Fly Trap requires consistently moist soil to thrive, so much so that it can be left in a saucer of water if you are going away for a few days. However, during the winter, watering can be reduced. Harvested rainwater or distilled water at room temperature is advisable as these carnivorous plants cannot tolerate the chlorine levels of tap water.  

Feeding Venus Fly Trap 

If grown outdoors in its natural habitat, the Venus Fly Trap does not need to be fed as it will catch its own prey. However, when grown indoors, insects will need to be provided periodically during the growing season. A house plant fertilizer is not recommended as the Venus Fly Trap prefers a low-nutrient soil.

Venus Fly Trap Plant Information

Light Exposure: Bright Direct Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Above Average - Keep lightly moist. When the top 2 inches of the soil dries out.
Pet Friendly: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Air Purifier: Moderate
Habit: Upright
Growth Rate: Slow
Mature Height: 6-12 inches
Mature Spread: 6-8 inches
Flowering: No
Flower Color(s): None
Flower Shade/Description: Grown for Foliage
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green, Red
Foliage Description: Green and Reddish
Temperature: 70° - 95°F (21° - 35°C)
Humidity: Average (40% - 60%)
Common Name: Venus Fly Trap Plant
Other Name(s):
Scientific Name: Dionaea muscipula
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Known As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Known As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Known As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty, whether you're a new gardener or an expert. There are many variables outside of anyone's control that can cause a plant to die. Hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, diseases & pests are all good examples of what can cause plants to die. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all of the unknowns and will replace your plant if something were to happen to it.

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Plant Shipping

Below are some factors we consider when determining when to ship the plants depending on the timing of the order.

Winter to Early Spring

We ship only when it's warm enough to plant in your growing zone.
Sometimes plants aren't completely ready to sell and ship in early spring. We will wait until the plants are ready before shipping so you don't get a subpar product.
For Southern plants we will be able to ship much earlier than plants coming from our northern nursery.


If there is extreme heat we may delay shipping for a week or several weeks.
We review what areas the plants are traveling through as well as your location.

Fall into Winter

We’ll ship plants out all the way up to the end of the fall planting season!


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Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations