Venus fly traps and carnivorous plants are without a doubt my latest obsession. Since buying one from Kamers last year for hubs, we’ve been collecting them. We started off with that one little plant on our kitchen windowsill and now we have almost 30. #greenthumbs
If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw my InstaStories last weekend. The initial venus fly trap I purchased for Stephan literally exploded and made millions (well, maybe not millions but A LOT) of babies.
These babies need a new home as the old pot is too small to house all of them. We took our plants to a lady in Centurion to be repotted. Her entire house is filled with these munchy plants. I documented the journey by snapping a few pictures of her greenhouse and kitchen and my inbox was flooded with questions. Since I am always helpful, I answered all the questions:
Where can I get my own venus fly trap?
I bought the first one as a pre-Christmas gift for Stephan at Kamers Vol Geskenke in Pretoria. That particular company is based in Limpopo. If you’re from that part of the world, click here to contact them. I bought a second plant as a birthday present (again) for Stephan in April from Therese at Cultivo Carnivores. You can contact Therese here. Please note that you need to make an appointment with Therese to go see her. She cultivates her plant babies as a hobby and works full time as a nurse.
Are these plants difficult to take care of?
No, but you might struggle a bit initially because they are so different from your usual house plant. Therese gives you a care card with your chosen plant that gives you all the information you need so if you follow the instructions on the card, you’ll be fine. We have a few different variants and we adhere strictly to the following rules for all of them:
- Do not give your plant normal tap water. They need reverse osmosis water.
- Do not pour the water into your plant’s pot from the top like you would with a normal house plant. Your venus fly trap will die. You need to pour the water into a saucer or bowl and place the pot into that water. Your thirsty friend will suck up the water from the bottom.
- Your venus fly trap does not need fertilizer. Give this plant fertilizer and it will die.
- If they need to be repotted, please contact Therese. These plants originally come from swamp lands so normal soil won’t do. They need spatum peat moss. Therese also prefers doing the repotting during the winter months when the plants are dormant.
How much do they cost?
Anything from R150 and upwards. It depends on what plant you take, how big it is, what variant it is and how rare it is.
Do you need to feed the plant flies?
No. They can photosynthesize and will catch bugs by themselves.
Do your plants have names?
You guys know me well. Of course they do! The original plant is Vinny the Venus Fly Trap and the American Trumpet is named Donald. My brother also has a venus fly trap and he named his Butch.
Which type of plant would you recommend?
For entertainment value, I recommend a venus fly trap. You get hundreds of variants from the original plain green to monster traps with red inside the “mouths”. But a venus fly trap is always a conversation starter. All our friends check out our plants on the window sill and we usually spend a good 20 minutes updating them on how many flies the plant has caught in the past few weeks. Good times. Also, not morbid or creepy at all. *shrugs*
And now ladies and gentlemen, please enjoy the pictures I took at Therese’s house. Note that the plants look on the brown side because they are still dormant. The plants will “wake up” end of August and in September and will then go green or red.
If you have any additional questions that I did not cover in this post, feel free to leave them in the comments, DM me or drop me an email.