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Venus flytrap General Information

The Venus flytrap is a small plant that has 4-7 leaves that grow from a short subterranean stem. The leaf blade is divided into two regions: a flat, long, heart shaped, photosynthesis capable petiole, and a pair of terminal lobes, hinged at the midrib, forming the trap which is actually the true leaf. The inner surfaces of these lobes contain a red pigment and the edges secrete mucilage

These lobes exhibit rapid plant movement by snapping shut when special sensory hairs are stimulated. The plant is so advanced that it can tell the difference between live stimulus and non-living stimulus. The lobes snap shut in about 0.1 seconds. They are fringed by stiff thorn-like protrusions or cilia, which mesh together and prevent large prey from escaping. Once prey is unable to escape and the inner surfaces of the lobes are continuously being stimulated, the edges of the lobes grow or fuse together, sealing the trap and creating an enclosed “stomach” in which digestion and absorption can take place

It is very important to use nutrient poor soil to grow Venus Flytraps. Regular potting soil will burn the roots and kill the plant very quickly. Fertilising Venus Fly Traps is also not recommended. Fertiliser may burn the roots and could likely kill the plant, however some experts use extremely diluted fertiliser and apply it only to the leaves of the plant, but this is risky and not recommended for beginners



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