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Venus Fly Trap Flower: Everything you Need to Know

Charles Darwin referred to the Venus Fly Trap plant as “one of the most magnificent plants.” It is one of the most well-known carnivorous plants in the world.

Did you know that the Venus Fly Trap plant also produces flowers besides luring insects to its leaves to capture for its meal?

Generally, Venus Fly Trap flowers grow in the spring on 6 inches long stalks after the dormancy. It has a small, star-shaped white flower with green veins extending from the base of the petals toward the edge.

Venus Fly Trap (Source: Flickr)

The traps are the plant’s leaves, but most people mistake them for flowers.

Growing Venus flytrap is interesting. Keep reading this article to cover everything you need to know about Venus Fly Traps flowers.

How Often does the Venus Fly Trap Flower?

The unusual structure of the Venus Fly Trap is what sets it apart from most. It has several leaves with cilia, which resemble tiny eyelashes, and a trap.

In addition to the magnetic traps, the Venus Fly Trap also produces flowers.

The Venus Fly Trap flowers are white and have green veins extending outward from the base of the petals.

White Venus Fly Trap Flower (Source: Flickr)

Usually, you will see your Venus Fly Trap flowering in spring. Since they are perennials, they will continue to bloom after.

The Venus Fly Trap blooms one to twelve times per season, and each bloom may last a few weeks.

When the Venus Fly Trap starts to bloom, the plant is mature and in good health. They blossom to set seeds and reproduce, just like other flowering plants.

However, they do not flower immediately; instead, they wait until the plant has reached maturity, which takes around 3 to 4 years.

Venus Fly Trap Flower Overview

It’s fascinating that just one species of Venus Fly Trap is native to the marshy coastal North and South Carolina regions.

They are also believed to be extinct in parts of their native nations due to habitat degradation.

Nevertheless, let’s look at the summary of its overview in the table below:

IndicatorIdentity
Scientific NameDionaea Muscipula
Common NameVenus fly trap, Venus flytrap
NativeNorth America
Plant TypePerennial
Blooming SeasonSpring, Summer
Flower ShapeStellate (star shaped)
Flower ColorWhite
ScentFruity Scent
SeedsSmall, black and shiny
PollinationSelf pollination

As Venus Fly Trap is not grown for its floral attractiveness, there aren’t many problems that are specifically related to the plant’s bloom.

However, the unhealthy Venus Fly Trap displays faded colors, damaged leaves, a surge in black leaves, or an unpleasant odor.

Pollination of Venus Fly Trap Flower

We all have heard of the Venus Fly Trap and its predatory habits.

But do you know what pollinates them? Do they dine on their pollinators as well? Let’s find out.

Venus Fly Traps are capable of self-pollination. It occurs when pollen from the plant’s anther fertilizes the flower’s pistil.

Long flower stalk of Venus Fly Trap
Long Stem of a Venus Fly Trap (Source: Reddit)

However, Cross-pollination can help produce many seeds and dynamic germination and seedlings.

Venus Fly Traps can reproduce both sexually and asexually. It can attract up to 64 diverse species of pollinators. Among these, the most significant pollinators are bees and beetles.

The flowers of Venus Fly Traps are elevated on their stems, which stand fairly above the plants’ traps or leaves. This helps to keep the pollinators away from getting trapped on the leaves.

In this way, the pollinators do not get eaten by the plant.

You can also hand-pollinate Venus Fly Traps. Simply follow the instructions given below.

Hand Pollinating Venus Fly Trap Flower (Source: Youtube)
  • Grab a Q-tip, toothpick, or a small paintbrush.
  • Collect the pollen from the anther and the long filament from the flower after it fully blooms.
  • For collecting the pollen, you can use a Q-tip or a brush.
  • Rub the pollen on the Stigma of another flower to transfer it there.
  • After the pollination, Venus Fly Traps produce black seeds.

Natural pollinators such as flying insects, bees, and ants are the most effectual at pollinating the Venus Fly Trap flower.

How to Make a Venus Fly Trap Plant Flower?

Contrary to popular perception, Venus Fly Traps are relatively easy to grow, even for a rookie gardener like me.

You should have no trouble growing a Venus Fly Trap Flower if you adhere to some essential maintenance instructions.

Here are some tips for taking care of them.

  • Place the plant on the brightest window if you’re growing it indoors; otherwise, it will not produce flowers and cause the leaves to lack red coloration and ultimately wilt.

Using artificial grow light can counterbalance the lack of sunlight.

  • The ideal temperature for a Venus Fly Trap to bloom can range from 70° to 95° F (21° to 35° C), but the plant can even tolerate as low as 40° F (5° C) in the winter.
  • Humidity is not a big deal to Venus Fly Trap. They only require humidity levels of over 50% to thrive and bloom.
Closed Leaves of Venus Fly Trap(Source: Unsplash)
  • Plant your Venus Fly Traps in a wet, acidic sphagnum-based nutrient-free soil. Use a soil combination of 1 part perlite and peat moss.
  • Unlike other houseplants, the Venus Fly Trap does not require fertilizers. It would be best never to fertilize a Venus Fly Trap since it could kill the plant. 

They typically obtain most of the nitrogen they need from the proteins of insects that they catch with their leaves.

  • Place your Venus Fly Trap in a cold location from November to February so it can go dormant. Its leaves will turn black and wither.
  • Before it starts to grow again in March, remove any dead leaves, and you can re-pot the plant if necessary.
  • According to the Los Angeles Times, if you’re growing your flytrap in California, be extremely cautious because tap water includes alkaline dissolved solids, which are deadly to flytraps.

In such cases, you can always use distilled water or rainwater every 10 – 14 days to water them.

What Should You do with Venus Fly Trap Plant Flowers?

Venus Fly Trap flowers are beautiful, but they may exhaust the plant.

Naturally, the flowers stalk will grow above the plant to prevent pollinating insects from being consumed by the leaves.

Venus Flytrap in a pot (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

If the flower is not allowed to bloom, the plant will be able to retain that energy for future growth.

Ideally, you should cut the Venus Fly Trap flower as soon as you see the flower stalk growing. But you can also cut after they grow 2-4 inches. 

But, let the plant flower if you want to collect the seeds.

You can use small gardening scissors for cutting. The process of cutting the stalk is the same as cutting dead leaves. However, be careful with the rest of the plant. 

There aren’t many uses for flowers besides for the plant to reproduce.

Health Considerations to Keep in Mind

Plenty of houseplants are toxic and contain poisonous substances that are not safe for your pets, but Venus Fly Trap is not. 

According to ASPCA, Venus Fly Traps are completely non-toxic.

Veterinarian check up on dog
Veterinarian check up on dog (Source: Flickr)

The compounds present within this plant do not cause any harm to cats, dogs, or humans.

But, the fresh plant may irritate the skin when it comes into contact with it.

However, if your kids or animals unintentionally consume the plant orally, keep an eye on them.

If you become concerned, you may always phone the following numbers to double-check.

Conclusion

Venus Fly Trap is a fun and easy plant to grow in your garden.

Fully grown Venus Fly Traps are available in the market during the growing season (mid-spring to mid-autumn) when the plants are at their best.

You can always think about purchasing one at this time.

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