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Venus flytrap is a meat eating plant native to subtropical wetlands on the east coast of USA. It grasps its victim, mainly insects and arachnid. Like other plants, Venus flytraps also fulfills food requirement from gases in the air and mineral and vitamins in the soil. However they live in poor soil and are healthier if they get food from insects. It has a specific structure for trapping formed by the terminal portion of each of the plant’s leaves which has stiff hairs on internal surface. When anything touches these hairs enough to bend them, the two lobes of the leaves snap shut trapping the object which is inside. The trap will shut in a fraction of second. It is assumed that it stays open for some time in order to allow very small insects to escape because they wouldn’t provide enough food. If the object is not food, the trap will reopen in about twelve hours and spit it out. If an insect is too large in size it will stick out of the trap.

Venus Flytraps are temperate plants and in autumn, the plant gets smaller as it prepares for winter dormancy.  Dormancy lasts from October to February and the plant will stop actively growing and die back to the roots.  It will start to grow vigorously in the spring.  For more information check out our Venus flytrap growing tips .


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