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Venus Fly Trap Bonsai – A Farfetched Idea Or A Fanciful Hope?

Do you know you can even create a Venus Fly Trap Bonsai?

However, herby plants like Fly Traps have different growth habits and offer a vague idea in the art of preparing a Bonsai plant!

Generally, Venus Fly Trap Bonsai require mini planters with acidic substrate. Since Venus Fly Traps lack any woody parts (a necessity of the Bonsai plant), they won’t show prolonged growth either.
Learn more about the art of preparing Venus Fly Trap Bonsai from the article below!

What Is A Venus Fly Trap Plant?

A Venus Flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) is a carnivorous plant that originated in North Carolina.

It grabs its prey- mainly insects and arthropods, with a trapping structure created by the terminal portion of individual leaves.

Moreover, those trapping structures are triggered by tiny hairs called ‘trigger hairs’ on their inner surfaces.

Venus Fly Trap secretes the digestive enzyme Protease (Protein degrading enzyme) that breaks down the prey inside the trap.

This plant is a perennial and grows from rhizomes, and reaches a height of 2-4 inches.

Furthermore, this plant grows in acidic and sandy soil with low nutrients.

Why Venus Fly Trap Bonsai Is Challenging To Make?

To convert any plant into a Bonsai, the specimen should be a perennial tree with true woody branches and roots.

Since Venus Fly Traps are perennial herbaceous plants that lack the true woody trunks, branches, and roots to transform them into Bonsai. 

Venus Fly Trap Plant

Venus Fly Traps are classic ornamental plants, often grown in pots and terrariums.However, you can grow them in a confined space to give them the essence of the Bonsai plant.

On top of that, Venus Fly Traps are native to subtropical wetlands, so they need high humidity and tropical soil conditions.

Tip: Venus Fly Traps may change their colors or halt their growth after transplanting or repotting. Be sure to keep an eye on them!

But, Bonsai plants are typically grown in miniature pots with well-draining soil, which can be too dry for them.

So, here are some tips for creating a healthy Venus Fly Trap Bonsai.

  • Use a small-sized terracotta pot with a good drainage system and fill it with the acidic potting mix.
  • Select a healthy plant free of pests & diseases and plant it carefully in the new soil.
  • Provide them with 6 hours of sunlight daily and regular watering.
  • Additionally, feed your plant with insects, such as flies and ants.

However, if you are inclined to provide your Venus Fly Traps with integral humidity and warmth, ensure to grow them inside a terrarium!

From Editorial Team

Protect Your Venus Fly Trap Plant From Pests!

Creating an insectivorous Bonsai plant is challenging and can be a beautiful asset to your garden or home.

The major pests and pathogens disturbing the growth of the Venus Fly Trap plant are Aphids, Spider Mites, Fungus Gnats, and Root Rot.

You can inhibit these organisms’ growth by using Neem oil.

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