Looking at a Venus flytrap plant, it might be tempting to think that it originated from the planet Venus. By its mere appearance and carnivorous instincts alone, the plant falls nothing short of symbolizing the typical alien-predators we often see in sci-fi movies.
Its gaping twofold jaws and spiky fringed teeth are brutal enough to suck the life of its victims (that of spiders, insects, beetles, and arthropods). That’s not all, the plant is also built for deception- the sweet-smelling pink center of the plant is enticing enough to attract insects and worms only to trap them with lightning speed once inside. So you see, the plant has all the makings of an insect-eating predator. Whoever said plants were harmless! Don’t be fooled yourself though, as malicious as it might be to insects the plant is actually beneficial to humans.
Helps in the Treatment of Several Chronic Ailments
Surprisingly, this insectivorous plant has its share of benefits to humans. The extract of the plant is effective in the treatment of several chronic ailments. Having an anti-malarial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial effect, the extract of the plant is extremely beneficial to treat many infections and ailments.
Fortunately growing a Venus flytrap plant isn’t as tough as it is made out to be. In fact, their seeds are relatively easy to germinate and grow.
Growing a Venus flytrap Plant from its Seed
Preparing your Soil
The first thing to do is to prepare your soil. It is best to make use of a soil that consists of sphagnum peat moss and silica but that been rinsed of its minerals. Alternatively, you can always run distilled water through the soil and let it drain out to get rid of any residual minerals. Lastly, make sure you don’t use a growing mixture that has beach sand or perlite as they are both rich in minerals that will kill Venus flytraps.
Choosing the Right Container
If you want to grow your Venus flytrap indoors and inside a container, then it’s best to choose a container that can keep the seeds moist and warm while allowing good air circulation. Poking holes in the top and bottom cover of a Tupperware-type container can allow for good drainage and ventilation. Once you’ve selected your container, dampen the growing mixture with distilled water and place it into the container.
Planting the Seeds
As a thumb rule, do not bury the seeds but sprinkle the seeds on top of the moist-growing soil. Additionally, spray a very fine layer of sphagnum peat moss over the seeds as so as to encourage easy germination. Doing so helps in maintaining ideal moisture levels and keeping the root from drying out.
While dusting, make sure you only add a very light layer of moss such that you can see the seed through the dust. Too much dusting can ruin the chances of seed germination. Once the soil has been dusted, spray distilled water on the dusting of peat moss to dampen it. Finally, cover the container with a lid until all the seeds germinate fully (this usually happens within 4-6 weeks of seeding).
Maintaining the Right Lighting Conditions for Germination
Venus Flytraps seeds germinate under bright and indirect light. Keeping it under direct sunlight can overheat the air and soil inside the container as well as kill the seeds and any germinating plants. Your best bet is to position your container in a place that receives sufficient indirect lighting.
Once the seeds have germinated fully, you can remove the container lid and expose the seedlings to a gradual increase of direct sunlight. Once the plant begins to grow, you’ll have to ensure it gets at least 3-4 hours of good light in a day.
Maintaining Ideal Moisture Levels during Germination
The soil surface of your Venus flytrap plants should always be kept moist such that its newly-budding root has enough water to pull from and grow. Make sure you only use mineral-free, distilled, reverse-osmosis and/or clean rain water for the plants.
As the seedlings grow past their seedling stage, reduce the amount of water so as to allow room for more air and less water in the soil. Venus Flytraps grow healthy in moist and not water-clogged soil. It’s important that you therefore lower the intake of water once they grow past the seedling stage.
Maintaining Ideal Humidity and Temperature
Anything above 75 degrees Fahrenheit and up to 85 degrees Fahrenheit is considered ideal for germination. Therefore, it’s best to keep your containers humid while opening the lid once a day so as to allow fresh ventilation.
Transplanting Germinated and Sprouted Venus flytrap Seedlings
Germinated and sprouted Venus flytrap saplings can be transplanted to an open container, preferably after at least 2-3 weeks of growth in the germination container (This is also about the time the first two leaves of the plant extend out fully). Finally, when you’re ready to transplant the plant, uproot the sapling along with its tiny base and root such that they anchor the plant in its new growing medium.
Hopefully you’ve been inspired by this exotic plant. It’s deceptively easy to grow, so go forward with confidence!
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