IUBio Biosequences .. Software .. Molbio soft .. Network News .. FTP

Venus Fly Trap

Tony Eliot oztrade at corplink.com.au
Mon May 4 05:29:59 EST 1998

Hi im not entirley sure whether they only grow in Carolina, because i dont live
in the US, but as for a house plant. Sure thing, so long as you can find a very
nice sunny spot, and as for the high humidity, keep the pot in a little pool of
water and out of windy areas, the water causes a fair bit of humidity, and they
can definetly survive without food.

I have a page on how to grow then and their requirements at

Stefan Sehnbruch wrote:

> Jill schrieb:
> >
> > I have 2 questions about the Venus Fly Trap.
> >
> > 1- Is North Carolina the only state in the U.S. where they grow wild?
> >
> > 2- Can the Flytrap actually live without flies for a prolonged period- can
> > they live off of sunlight alone? (In other words, would one survive indoors
> > as a houseplant in a bug free environment?)
> >
> > My niece asked me, and I don't know what to tell her and havent found any
> > info elsewhere...
> -1-
> I've never been to the USA but I think (I got that info from several
> Carnivorous Plant Books) it even grows in South Carolina.
> Unfortunately all natural habitats are said to be endangered very much,
> so think twice if it is really neccessary to visit these places
> -2-
> In my personal experience VFTs can live for several months (maybe even
> years??) without any food. They should not even need to be fertilized.
> If you feed the plants with 2 or 3 houseflies or bugs you will have
> strong plants for years.
> Just keep in mind that VFTs (as well as most other CPs) need a very high
> light intensity and a high air humidity (at least 50-60% r.H)
> Finally a little hint: The number of trap movements is limited. You can
> stimulate a closure of the leaves up to 6 or even 10 times. After that,
> the leaf will die.
> If you need further infos, you can try http://www.gfp.org
> Regards
> --
> Stefan Sehnbruch
> Gelsenkirchen, Germany
> --- Experience is quite useful,
> --- normally you have it a short time after you needed it !

More information about the Plantbio mailing list

Send comments to us at biosci-help [At] net.bio.net