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Mini plant box - "The Jaws", Venus Flytrap, Dionaea muscipula (3 plants)

Mini plant box - "The Jaws", Venus Flytrap, Dionaea muscipula (3 plants)

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One plant is adequate, two plants are superior, and three plants are exceptional!

Have you ever been plant shopping and thought to yourself, "My friend Frank would love this plant!"As they say, sharing is caring. Therefore, we decided to create a "mini box" plant series.

Our 2" plants are meant for sharing with friends, family, and significant others!

This specific mini box we called "The Jaws". It includes three counts of  Venus Flytrap Carnivorous plants, each in 2"mini pots.

Why "The Jaws"? 

The Venus flytrap is a flowering plant best known for its carnivorous eating habits. The “trap” is made of two hinged lobes at the end of each leaf. On the inner surfaces of the lobes are hair-like projections called trichomes that cause the lobes to snap shut when prey comes in contact with them. This type of movement is called thigmonasty—a nondirectional plant response to being touched. To prevent the plant from wasting energy if prey isn’t actually there, the trap will only shut when the trichomes are touched multiple times. The hinged traps are edged with small bristles that interlock when the trap shuts to ensure the prey can’t squirm out.

The Venus flytrap gets some of its nutrients from the soil, but to supplement its diet, the plant eats insects and arachnidsAnts, beetles, grasshoppers, flying insects, and spiders are all victims of the flytrap. It can take a Venus flytrap three to five days to digest an organism, and it may go months between meals.

Venus flytrap thrives in poor, acidic soil that stays damp but still has good drainage. Avoid planting it in regular potting soil: A blend of one-third sand and two-thirds sphagnum peat moss provides the best drainage and moisture retention. Don't add lime to the soil and never add fertilizer.

Light: Venus flytraps do best in bright but indirect light. It's especially important to avoid placing them in direct sunlight in summer, which may get too hot and cause the leaves to turn crispy. When grown inside under artificial lights, keep flytraps 4 to 7 inches away from fluorescent lights. If your plant's traps don't show a pink interior or if the leaves look long and spindly, provide more light.

Watering: For best Venus flytrap care, keep the environment humid and the soil moist but don't let the plants stand constantly in water. Never give your plants what comes out of your tap; it's usually too alkaline or might have too many minerals. Instead, rely on rain or use distilled water. 

What do Venus flytrap plants eat? The name says it all: Their main diet is flies or other small insects. The trick is that the prey must be alive when caught. Dead flies won't work in Venus flytrap feeding; the insect must move around inside the trap to trigger it to close and begin digesting the food. It also needs to be small enough that the trap can close tightly around it to keep out bacteria.

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