Pictures of Venus Flytrap Plants

Venus Flytrap Pictures

Dear readers,

Your response to this website has been wonderful.  I started it as a whim back in late 2010, more from my own curiosity and love of these little fascinating plants. I had no idea so many other people had the interest that I did in these Venus Flytrap plants.

As of April 2015, the last month we saw 4,001 people visit my little site!  Wow!  Thank you so much!

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I would love to see pictures of your plants dear readers.

But I have to figure out how to allow readers of this blog to upload photos.  And I  have to keep the spammers at bay and I don’t want to deal with graphic licensing issues.

I am looking into how folks can include in their comments, images from Pinterest or Flickr. Would be more fun that way!

I am also considering starting a Facebook group where we can share fun pictures, growing tips, great deals on growing equipment and supplies, and more.

What do you suggest?

How would you like to see pictures of your plants on this website?

Your opinion matters.

Comments are open!



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18 Responses to Pictures of Venus Flytrap Plants

  1. Margaret says:

    I think mike you would cover a lot on face book it is pretty well known by all thanks for your help ,,,,, the bag of carnivorous compost is great as it is already mixed

  2. Jared Floyd says:

    I think joining Reddit and using imgur, the main photo service used by Reddit, would be a great idea. Easy to use and it’s just a great platform. Instagram would be good too. I don’t know about the copyright and how to avoid infringement. I have some really cool videos I would like to share, so that would be a plus for Instagram. I don’t know that imgur does video too. Instagram would be the best way to moderate spam, since you would be the one approving every single post. Either way, I’d love to be able to share pictures with the community!

  3. Elsa says:

    Great blog. How long do VFT live?

    • mikegreen says:

      Hi Elsa,

      They live years. But kept by humans, they succumb sooner or later to the stresses of an environment that isn’t natural – don’t get enough light, or they don’t get enough air and mold attacks the new leaves.


  4. trish says:

    Hi Mike I’m a first time user with vines fly trap I still have it in the original pot I fed it three flies and still digesting them. I’ve been looking for soil and sand but don’t know on any of the brands like mirgrow has the spagnum moss with peat but trying to find it organic it’s been hard. I don’t like to buy things online. I would love to send pics but I don’t know pintrest Flickr or any of that. I don’t have Facebook. My question is can you help me on what pot to transplant it and help it keep growing it’s still a baby
    I live in Illinois

    Thanks for your help

    • mikegreen says:


      You just need plain sphagnum moss without any fertilizers. If you don’t want to order online, then call around to your local garden stores – they will have what you need.


    • Margaret says:

      Hi we had 2v f t when my grandchildren were small but they are now no more the v f t I mean my grandchildren are fine in there early 40s now so I thought I would try again I have found a bag of carnivorous compost from Amazon with all the goodies in and the one v f t I was given I have re potted in this compost with a bag of spagnum. Moss so if V f t dies I can feed santas reindeer. Ha ha

  5. Robert Sutherland says:

    Instagram is a great idea. But, people can also email you a photo of their plant, thereby avoiding copyright infringements.
    I just bought a small VFT at a local nursery here in VA. Yes, it came in a little plastic box (terrarium), but the it is now in its original pot while I wait for delivery of silica sand to make potting mix, located in a very sunny porch.
    Also, having trouble finding perilite in less than a 2 cu.ft. bag. Still looking though.
    Thoroughly enjoy your emails & blog. Keep up the good work.

    • mikegreen says:

      Thanks Bob for your feedback and ideas. With your new Venus Flytrap plant, it sounds like you are doing the right thing, getting rid of the terrarium, and growing it at a location that it can get a lot of light. Have you tried Amazon for smaller bags of perlite?

      And thanks for your kind comments about my emails and blog. It means a lot.



      • Margaret says:

        Hi mike we have been chatting for a week now and the re- potted v f t looks (fingers ) ok up to now I am in the U k if you remember ,,,,,,, may be not as you have so manny followers thank for your help

  6. nigel farey says:

    Hi mike i have 3 Venus fly traps, have had them over 4 years repotted last year still ok

    • mikegreen says:

      Nigel, to have kept Venus Flytraps alive and growing for over 4 years is a testimonial to your gardening skills. And it goes to show that if you give them a little care, they live a long time.

      Would love to hear some time what are the things you have done that made you so successful.

      Have any pictures that you would care to share with us?


  7. I have a D Capensis but no room inside for plants now
    they are in a plastic beer cup, I am very fond of it and was wondering if I surround the pot with temperate plants going into dormancy next winter will it be enough protection to get the Capensis to over winter? average here outside averages -20
    I also read if the Capensis does die back it will grow the next growing season once conditions are favorable from their roots…is that true or complete BS?

    • mikegreen says:

      Hi Dennis, thanks for your question.

      Last time I grew a sundew plant was when I was a kid. And so long ago I don’t remember the variety. What I do remember was how beautiful it was and how awesome to watch the plant slooowwwwlllllyyy move it’s “arms” or plant stalks around a captured insect to digest it.

      But I digress.

      The Drosera Capensis sundew plant based on my quick research, is a very hardy and rather easy carnivorous plant to grow. And yes it appears that if temperatures get cold enough, that the plant will hibernate, and send out new leaves when it warms up. It also seems that if your winters get down to -20 deg F, that this temperature may be too much for the plant to survive outside.

      I found this great website with good information about this fascinating plant:

      I like your thinking, of surrounding the D. Capensis sundew plant with other plants, to protect and shield it from the elements. But cold is cold, and may be too much for the roots.

      It is probably worth experimenting with though. Can you keep your most of your plants in the plastic beer cup, and cultivate a plant this summer to grow outside?

      Let us know how it goes.

      And now you got me really interested – I want to add this to my collection!


  8. Chris says:

    I think the best way you could so this is through Instagram it would be great!

    • mikegreen says:

      Chris, I had not thought of that. What a great idea. I think I should allow readers to comment/login with what ever social network they are using – Instagram, Facebook, G+ (does anybody really use G+?), Disquis, Twitter, etc.



      • Elona Wagner says:


        I have instagram. I also have fkr and Pinterest. I use Google Plus every day. Which one are you using?

        From region 8b

        • mikegreen says:

          Thanks Elona. I haven’t really focused on a social media option… trying to integrate with the blog. I like the idea of Pinterest, but I don’t know how many people still use Flickr. Thanks for your input and suggestions.


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