Venus Flytraps Seeds, these Carnivorous beauty makes an excellent indoor plant
This truly unique plant grown from flower seeds is a carnivorous plant. Yes, that is right, a carnivorous plant! It catches its prey, mainly insects and arachnids, with a trapping structure formed by the terminal portion of each of the plant's leaves and is triggered by tiny hairs on their inner surfaces. When an insect or spider crawling along the leaves contacts a hair, the trap closes if a different hair is contacted within twenty seconds of the first strike. Speed of the venus flytrap closing can vary depending on the amount of humidity, light, size of prey, and general growing conditions. The speed with which traps close can be used as an indicator of the venus flytrap's general health.
Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) has modified leaves that trap insects. It lives in bogs with nutrient-poor soil, so the nourishment from digesting insects helps the plant grow and flower. Venus' flytrap grows outdoors in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 6 through 8. It needs a moist, peat-based soil, high humidity, cool temperatures, sunlight or bright light and a winter dormancy period. When it's actively growing, it occasionally needs live food.
Instructions to grow Venus Flytraps from seeds:
Start by preparing your “soil.” You can use the same soil that is the growing medium for adult Venus Flytraps, which consists of sphagnum peat moss that has been rinsed of minerals (run Distilled water through it and let drain out 4 times), with other ingredients optionally added, such as silica sand (NO beach sand) or perlite. No “potting soil” and no Miracle-Gro because they contain minerals that will kill Venus flytraps.
Next, prepare a growing container. This container is meant to keep the seeds moist and warm, but should allow for air circulation. A good easy choice is a Tupperware-type container, in which you poke holes in the top cover, and also the bottom portion. This allows for drainage of water out, and also ventilation for air circulation and for excess heat to escape from inside the container. You may also use any regular pot or planting container, and cover the top with a clear plastic bag. Moisten the growing medium with Distilled Water and place the growing medium into the container.
Do NOT bury the seeds. Seeds are not planted underground. Instead, you will scatter the seeds on top of the moist growing medium, and then sift a very fine dust of sphagnum peat moss over the seeds. The very light dusting helps to retain moisture and keep the emerging root from drying out and becoming calloused and stunted. The dusting also helps give the seed something to push against as the root emerges and seeks to dig itself into the medium instead of merely pushing itself along the soil surface. However, the seeds should only be very lightly covered, to the point where you can still see them through the dusting, or they may not germinate. If you can no longer see the seed after dusting them with the sphagnum peat moss, that’s too much of a dusting!
Spray Distilled water on the dusting of peat moss to moisten it and the seeds, and cover the container with the vented lid. Once most of the seeds have germinated, within 4-6 weeks, the covering can be permanently removed.
Place your germination chamber somewhere with bright indirect light. The container should not be placed in direct sunlight because it will overheat both the air and soil inside and may damage or kill the seeds and germinating plants. Bright indirect light is best. Once most of the seeds have germinated, you can remove the container cover and gradually give the seedlings more and more direct sunlight. Grown Venus flytraps require a lot of light, around 3-4 hours a day of good light as a minimum.
During the germination period of about 13-35 days, the growing medium should be kept moist and warm. To water the seeds, you can either 1) use a spray bottle to gently wet the soil surface and continue to spray to saturate the medium until some water drains out, or 2) place the growing container in a container holding Distilled water, and allow the soil to suck water upward through the drain holes in the bottom of your growing container.
Always ensure that the soil surface is moist so that a newly emerging root has water to pull from, and continues to grow. Use mineral-free water ONLY: Distilled water, reverse-osmosis water, or clean rain water. (Later when the seedlings are transplanted out of their temporary germination chamber, the water content should be lowered and the plants allowed to have more air and less water in the soil. Venus Flytraps, once they are past the tiny seedling stage, grow very healthy in just-moist rather than soggy or saturated soil, although care must be taken so that the soil never completely dries out.)
Your growing container should be humid, which is automatically accomplished for you through the covering on the container. Though the interior of the chamber should be humid, you should lift the lid of the container at least once a day and fan the air for a change of fresh air and prevention of mold. (Though the humidity needs to be higher with newly germinating seeds, your later developed and transplanted Venus flytrap plants do not require higher humidity).
Keep your growing container at a warm temperature. The optimal temperature to germinate Venus flytraps seeds is above 78 degrees Fahrenheit and up to 90 degrees Fahrenheit (24-32 or more degrees Celsius/Centigrade. Seeds kept at much lower temperatures than this will take longer to germinate (3-5 weeks versus 13-15 days) or may not germinate at all if it is too cold. You can germinate seeds in temperatures somewhat lower than the optimal, but they will take longer to germinate.
Later, once your seedlings have germinated and sprouted, they can be transplanted to a more permanent uncovered container. The best stage to transplant them is usually after 2-3 weeks of growth in the germination container, or when the “cotyledons” (the two first leaves, the seed leaves) are almost fully extended out of the seed and the first tiny true trap leaf is forming. At this stage the plant has a base and tiny root that can be transplanted, which helps to anchor the plant in its new growing medium and helps it to adapt to conditions of lesser humidity and more light. An easy way to transplant is to use a moist wooden toothpick. Poke a tiny hole in the new and rinsed-of-minerals growing medium for the plant, gently lower the toothpick into the soil near the plant and lift it out of the soil with the root intact, transfer the plant to the tiny hole in its new growing container and gently orient it properly (leaves up, base and root down) then very gently settle it into the new hole with the toothpick a very light touch of a finger, lightly covering in any gaps with growing medium.