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The venus flytrap ( dionaea muscipula)
Venus Fly Trap
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Venus Fly Trap
Advantages: it is a great houseplant very cleaver and interesting to watch
Disadvantages: take a lot of looking after, and a few more requirements than an ordinary house plant
The venus flytrap ( dionaea muscipula) is a carnivorous small herb plant that will feed on flies and other household insects, (Much better than sticky fly traps and neon lights in your kitchen),
They eat their pray by producing a liquid that attracts the flies and insects to it, when the insect lands on the plant and comes into contact with one or more hairs twice in quick succession this indicates to the plant that the insect is alive and the trap closes,
The venus flytrap is found in poor environments such as wet savannahs and bogs and when in a hope should be kept on a plate of water, venus flytraps should be fed from the bottom and are very interesting plants to keep, almost like a pet.
They have a reputation of being very difficult to grow and from personal experience I can confirm that they require a lot of care and attention making sure they always have water and the right size pot, They are slow growing but live in groups so will grow out of a small pot quite quick
They should be placed on a windowsill, decking area or garden but needs to receive at least 2-4 hours of sunlight each day, the plant should be elevated on stones above a minimum of 2inches of water as stagnant water can be lethal to them.
This is a great house plant if you can look after it and very interesting to watch, it dramatically reduces the number of flies in your house (living near farms this is great for me) and a lot easier to look after than having a pet,
Summary: Great plant for anyone that has the time and motivation to look after them