Venus Flytrap Care Instructions

The classic and probably meanest carnivorous plant of all. No other plant on this site has large movable traps that can capture an insect within fractions of a second.
Although it is commonly known as a beginners plant this doesn't apply for tropical climates. A green thumb is recommended. Dionaea is a plant that needs very high light levels. Most growers recommend a minimum of 4 hours of sunlight a day. We are giving a lot more, while shading them with a mild one or two layer shade cloth, to keep temperatures a little lower. If you are not sure how much sun to expose it to, you can give it less, as it might be safer for the plants survival. However, if the new traps are small and green, while the leafs get wider, you will know that they don't have enough light. You can carefully increase the sun exposure weekly until you have found the optimum, because all green plants won't be happy on the long run. Keep in mind though, if you don't give direct sun, you need to grow the plants as bright as possible (no shade cloth, nothing), as they really need lots of light!
Make also sure not to put them to close to stone tiles or walls, as these heat up in the sun and release heat even at night.
It is generally recommended to put them in a tray with rain water - although some people in the tropical climates (us included) grow them without trays, while taking very good care that they will never dry out. If you don't have rain water, you can try destilled water or collect the runoff-water of your aircon.
No need to fertilize or feed them as they are very good in catching their own prey. Please also don't overfeed them, don't give them insects bigger that half of the trap size - it will cause the trap to rot. Avoid to feed ants (very acidic, can damage the trap) or human foods as in egg, cheese, meat or such. Don't trigger the traps unnecessarily, it will stress the plant, but of course you can show it to your visitors once in a while.
The soil needs to be something soggy as in peat, or coco peat (Ace Hardware) if real peat is not available. Other alternatives are Long Fibered Sphagnum (LFS), but you need to make sure it is not Java moss, as it is sometimes mislabeled. The Java moss is usually sold in hand made plastic bags, while LFS is sold in compressed imported square bricks (Manila: Garden2000). A 90 mm pot will usually do, as big pots tend to create a too stagnant environment for the roots.
They usually require a few months of dormancy (think refrigerator), but so far it is doing very ok for us without since a few years. There are times of the year where the plants look weaker, but then they are returning to full strength again. If you check on google or youtube for VFT dormancy you will find enough opinions and directions.
What to do after arrival?
FIRST, if you have ordered different clones, please locate the clone numbers (C1, C2 ...) prior to unpacking, as only their containers but not the plants are labeled(!) You can put the plants in a bowl with rain water and soak them for about 30 minutes. If you see some black traps or leaves, you are welcome to cut them off, we often don't have the time to clean them on our packing morning. If you have a hard time planting the plants because the traps are bending down, you can bury the outer traps partially. The white bulb part should be under soil level, but not too deep either, as it can promote root rot. Keep the VFT out of direct sun, until it has grown some healthy leaves (2-3 weeks). Then you can gradually expose it to some direct or filtered sun.
They are good insect catchers, everything up to small frogs is possible!

In case you fall in love with one of our new cultivars below, be warned that these will be significantly more expensive than our regular VFTs.

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D. muscipula Clone #1

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Php 700

A Venus Flytrap clone very similar to our clone 2 and 3. The price is higher, because the stocks are lower. It has a more strict red/green separation, and there is a designish red line on the outside of the traps if they have enough sunlight.
Our form has green traps with a strong red color inside, provided enough sunlight given. They are bigger than a 5 Peso coin.

D. muscipula Clone #2

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Php 400

The traps of this clone seem to easily turn into a full red while the leaves stay green, if they have a lot of sun exposure. As we have lots of trees on our farm, you either get a bigger greener plant or a smaller plant with very red traps. Genetically they are identical and will anyway adapt to the light levels at your place, so please don't request specific colors. Our sales plants have the size bigger than a 5 Peso coin.

D. muscipula Clone #3

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Php 400

A little bit more on the green side, but seems to be gaining size faster than clone 2. Our sales plants are a bit bigger than a 5 Peso coin. It's time for the Philippines to have bigger coins :-)

D. muscipula Clone #5

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Php 800

The Clone 5 differs from the other clones with a dark deep purple color inside the traps, provided enough sunlight given.

D. muscipula Clone #8 Giant

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Php 400

Our sales plants are the biggest in our VFT-offering, thus our best-seller. The red of the traps is quite dark, compared to our other VFT, also the green is leaning more towards yellow. For the money, this is definitely the best VFT value you can get from us. Sorry, no wholesale discounts, but you are welcome to order many anyway :)

D. muscipula Manila

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This is our oldest Venus Flytrap, growing already for a few years here - without dormancy. As you can see, it is a happy plant and produced already much offspring, but they are far from being sellable. It takes several years for small VFT to become as big as this. The plant has been donated by a friend, who bought it in Manila (for way too much money :) ), otherwise it has nothing to do with Manila.

D. 'Pink Venus'

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The whole plant has a dark burgundy color, if you have a dark soil, you might have even trouble seeing it. You might want to try a top layer of Perlite to add a little contrast. Mass propagation is on-going, hopefully it will be available in a few months.

D. 'Red Long Fingers'

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Php 900

A cultivar that is very similar to Crossteeth, the difference seems to lie in the color of the fangs that can turn red here, if enough sunlight is given. It's a very prolific plant and propagates well. If you find the leaves or traps on this image very weird, then it is because the whole plant IS quite weird. This plant is also not getting very large quickly (in fact it will never get really large) and our sales plants might be JUST AS big as a five peso coin if at all, therefore I would only recommend this to the serious collector.

D. 'Shark Teeth'

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Short triangular fangs give this cultivar it's name. It also features a deep red inside. You might find this cultivar very similar to 'Dente' below. Dente has sort of Triangular fangs, while Shark Teeth has two teeth fused together, for less, but more dramatic triangles.

D. 'Red Piranha'

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Lots of short teeth instead of fangs on a reddish Venus Flytrap make this clone a winner.

D. 'Yellow'

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D. 'Cross Teeth'

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The fangs of this cultivar stretch out in all kind of direction, sometimes even fused together, giving this cultivar a very alien appearance.

D. 'Claytons Red Sunset'

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A giant form that can reach 25cm diameter.

D. 'Crested Petioles'

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As you can see the traps have some distance from their leaves.

D. 'Aka Ryu / Red Dragon'

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Php 1200

A very highly sought after all red flytrap. Ours is not just a 'red Venus Flytrap' but the real Red Dragon imported from the US and established in the Philippines for years. As the plants are quite dark, we recommend using a bright soil cover, for example a thing layer of Perlite to create more contrast to the plant. Opposite to other clones sales-plants of this cultivar are getting smaller these days, as we can't keep up with demand. Our recommendation is clearly getting a C8, as you will get more for your money.

D. 'Big Jaw X'

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Php 1200

A hybrid with the famous Big Jaw clone that produces clusters of extra large traps on short leaves. The clone has been named 'King Henry' later on and has mostly bright green traps with some faint pink blush in the inside. Even at a younger age you can notice their increased trap size. Please note that our sales plants are smaller than the one pictured! Hopefully we can propagate faster than sales and get the price down and sales plant size up over time.

D. 'Dente'

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Php 1200

This plant is popular as the teeth look like sharks teeth. Quite different from the regular VFT. Depending on demand price might come down over time.

D. UK sawless

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Php 400

A new entry in our VFT-line. We grew this from UK Sawtooth seeds and mass propagated it in our laboratory. We can't see any saw teeth here, but a very nice prolific VFT clone high in contrasting colors.

D. 'Big Mouth'

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Yep, a very desirably flytrap with extra large traps and the best news is, it will be available not too many years from now...