Venus flytraps can be a great addition to your general environment. They provide an inexpensive and easy way to provide the environment and animals needed in order to grow healthy plants and animals. Unfortunately, many retailers and sellers of these items sell plants and animals with poor quality, artificial inorganic materials, and poor maintenance practices. As a result, you are not only throwing money away by buying inferior plants and animals but also wasting time, effort, and money trying to provide a beautiful, healthy environment. In this article, I will give some tips and advice on how to care for a Venus flytrap.
Beware Big Box Store Terrarium models sold at big box stores, think these sales gimmicks actually led people mistakenly believing a terrarium would be great for a Venus flytraps. What it actually comes down to though, is cheap sales. These items sell very well but oftentimes give bad advice on how to care for a Venus flytraps. For example, many of the plants sold in these stores often require very high temperatures in order to thrive. However, as you may already know, during the summer months Venus flytraps are quite dormant and therefore are not as fast growing and rewarding as winter dormancy plants.
While it is true that winter dormancy helps your Venus flytraps grow faster, it is also true that they tend to be lower in quality than plants purchased in the summer months. This does not mean however that they should be avoided altogether. Many Venus flytraps can thrive even in warmer conditions, as long as they are placed in a terrarium that contains a reasonable amount of organic material. You should look for an environment similar to a large window with lots of light. This will help establish a nice environment in which to grow your Venus flytrap. The higher humidity that you allow to build up inside your terrarium will also work wonders for the plant and help it flourish during warmer months.
Many of the commercially available terrariums that you see at the store are usually stocked with either a mesh screen or gravel bottom. These items can help provide adequate footing for your Venus flytrap but do little to promote healthy growth. They should not be mistaken with a litter box, which is nothing more than a container for your fish and earthworms. Litter boxes are actually better suited for larger terrariums. They provide a great deal of living space for your exotic plants and do not need to house in the dirt.
Glass terrariums are a popular option these days. They tend to look more expensive than mesh terrariums but they will hold up much better under light and will typically provide more live plant life. Glass is also more durable and will generally resist chipping and breaking. If you decide to use glass as the primary material for your Venus flytraps, you should line the bottom of your terrarium with a piece of cardboard. This will help prevent any leaks. Be sure to clean out the bottom of the terrarium every so often with a vacuum cleaner to remove any leaves and debris that may accumulate over time.
One common mistake that many new terrarium owners make is overfeeding their Venus flytraps. The reason being is that this tends to result in more plant waste and less food for the flies. Overfeeding will also promote the growth of poor quality flies that will ultimately lead to mold contamination in your terrarium. It is important to provide your Venus flytraps with an amount of food that is equivalent to the weight of the plant in grams. This will help them grow healthy and strong.
Another thing that many people don’t realize is the importance of providing their Venus flytraps with some type of humidity meter. These little gadgets are available at most pet stores or on the internet. They measure the relative humidity of the terrarium and can be extremely useful in determining when to water your plants. Humidity levels that fall below 40% are detrimental to all forms of aquatic life and can sometimes kill off your entire colony.
It is important to know that your terrarium will eventually need to be cleaned. Typically, you can use a dechlorinator and a gentle dish soap solution. You do not want to use anything that is abrasive such as the likes of calcium bleach as these will quickly eat away at the glass particles. However, you should let the solution sit for five minutes and rinse with warm water. Be sure to thoroughly dry any surfaces after the rinse. If you follow these simple instructions, your terrarium will remain clean and disease free for many years.