What to Feed Venus Fly Trap

In carnivorous plants on August 25, 2015 at 3:34 am

Joel Garner’s B52 Venus Fly Trap

One could think of their carnivorous plant, Venus Fly Trap as a pet. Naturally, wanting to see your plant flourish and grow it is important to know what to feed venus fly trap.

Joel Garner

Joel Garner

According to carnivorous plant expert, Joel Garner, at Venus Fly Traps do not necessarily have to be fed a thing!  That’s right. However, you must water your Traps and give them appropriate sunlight.  Joel also shows in the video below that a Venus Fly trap owner can feed freeze dried blood worms!



With this method of feeding you Trap be sure to use a pointed-edged tweezer (as opposed to the dull edged tweezer) so as not to harm the leaves.  It’s amazing how manipulating the Venus Fly trap by squeezing the leaves can make it think the food is living!  You can get freeze dried blood worms from your local pet store.

If you choose not to feed your Trap and it dwells inside, the appropriate water to provide for your Venus Fly Trap include reverse osmosis water (specific filtered water), distilled water, or pure rain water.  Believe it or not, regular tap water or purified water are discouraged as Traps are choosy and could possibly keel over and die due to water treatment.

Reverse Osmosis Water System

Reverse osmosis water  can be accessible through filtration systems. Reverse osmosis water is essentially distilled water.  These water types minimize exposure of minerals to the Fly Trap due to the steaming of the water.  These waters, of course, can also be purchased at your local grocer.


Rain water is desirable as it is a natural fit for irrigating Fly Traps.

Rain Water Barrel

Drought or dry seasons could make this source of sustenance difficult.  Fly Traps that live outdoors not only get exposre to necessary sunlight and rain water, but they can feed themselves.  Naturally they will trap flies and other insects for food without any human assistance.

It is advisable to feed your Trap about an inch of water.  Carefully observe and watch to see for saturation of the water throughout the plant roots.  Once the water has been consumed, repeat!


Personally, I have fed my own Fly Trap dead flies and squeezed the leaves to make it think the fly was living and it was absolutely amazing to see the trap close in!  I have also watered my Trap with both distilled and rain water.  Neither was very time consuming as my heart was set on caring properly for my plant.

Venus Fly Traps are the most unique little plants!  To keep them healthy and vibrant see to it that they are sunbathed daily, getting adeuate and the right types of water.  Also should you choose to feed your Trap use sharp-edged tweezers to insert the freeze dried bloodworm.  Do not forget to squeeze the trap several times to make the carnivorous plant think you have fed it a real live insect.

Happy feeding Venus Fly Trap!


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