Venus Flytrap Habitat

Venus Flytrap USDA Hardiness ZoneThe Venus Flytrap habitat, contrary to popular opinion, is decidedly not tropical. Yes, the native plants are subject to hot and humid weather, but as the folks in the coastal regions of South and North Carolina can attest to, they also get some very cool weather in the winter, including the occasional freezing temperatures and snowfall.

Venus Flytrap native habitat is located in USDA Hardiness Zone 8b, with an average annual minimum temperature of 10 to 15 degrees F (-9.5 to 12.2 degrees C). This is hardly tropical. The native Venus Flytrap plant does experience a real winter. And once you understand this, you will be able to grow some pretty incredible plants, because now you understand the unique Venus Flytrap habitat.

Because of the naturally cool winter weather, Venus Flytrap plants to be successful and healthy, do best if they experience a dormant period between late October (Halloween) through late February or early March. During dormancy, the plants do not require either food or light. If you live in a very warm climate such as southern Florida or California, you can induce dormancy by placing the plants into a refrigerator. Just don’t let them freeze!

Native Venus Flytrap plants have a habitat that has full sun, good air circulation, and porous, well draining, soil that is nutrient poor. To be successful at growing Venus Flytrap plants, you want to mimic their home habitat as much as possible. And as you can see, trying to grow Venus Flytraps in a terrarium with other tropical plants just isn’t a good idea. Instead, try to replicate the climate conditions of the North Carolina Coast, and you will find your plants growing healthy.

For example, a big part of the native Venus Flytrap habitat in North Carolina is light. Lots of light. So don’t try to put your new plant on a window sill that only gets a few hours of sunlight a day, or in a dark corner of the room. Give your Venus Flytrap what it really wants – light.

Venus Flytrap plants are native North American plants, not tropical plants. If you live in the continental United States, you can usually raise a Venus Flytrap plant as a potted plant without a humidity dome. They can adapt to low humidity. But they do not adapt to low light (see above). So keep lots of sunlight on the plants.

In summary, the native Venus Flytrap habitat is typical of the coast of North and South Carolina – hot humid summers, cool and even cold winters, lots of sunlight and rain, and well draining soil that is poor in nutrients.

Keep these factors in mind when growing your plants, try to replicate the native habitat of a Venus Flytrap, and you will be successful growing this fascinating plant.


7 Responses to Venus Flytrap Habitat

  1. Danny says:

    Thank you very much for your growing tips Mike they have been very helpful so far in knowing howand what to do in growing my fly trap, I have a question On how I have to start growing seeds Do I just start by putting them on peat moss to get them started growing an add sphagnum moss later , or do I start them on the moss? And thanks again for your tips.

    • mikegreen says:

      Danny, great question on growing Venus Flytrap plants from seeds.

      I would follow to the letter, the instructions provided to you by the grower who shipped you the seeds. Germination of Venus Flytrap seeds can be tricky – the seeds and young plants have to have the right warm temperature, sunlight, and moisture. And you cannot let the seeds and seedlings dry out.

      And as you are already probably aware, growing a mature Venus Flytrap plant from seeds takes 3 to 4 years. It is not a quick process. But if you can master this skill and grow Venus Flytraps from seeds, then you truly have a green thumb.

      Hope this helps.


  2. Kath says:

    Thanks Mike, that information is more clear to me now

  3. Kath says:

    Mike, thanks for the information, is really helpfull, i was following the instructions from my seller and he was very wrong about.

    I have one question, I was trying to know the zone where I live to adecuate the environmental variables to my Venus, but in your information says USDA Hardiness Zone 8b, North and South Carolina are near to 7b and 8a, is that correct?

    Thank, your site is really a great sourse of information

    • mikegreen says:

      Thanks Kath for your very nice complement.

      Your question is interesting about the hardiness zone. And remember, the hardiness zone is an indication of the average extreme low temperatures that you can get. The existing hardiness zone map does have sub zones (a and b), but based on information I am seeing, is being revised.

      You can see a great interactive hardiness zone map by the USDA and Oregon State University here:

      Hardiness zone 8b as explained above, means that the low temps can get to the low 20’s and even high to mid-teens (as measured in degrees F). Whether or not it is gets slightly warmer or slightly cooler, the fact is that Venus Flytrap plants, in their native habitat on the coast of North or South Carolina, do get exposed to very cold weather in the winter time. A frost or colder doesn’t wipe the plants out because they are not tropical plants.

      That is really the main point in my blog article, that although the USDA hardiness zones change over time, these plants live in a habitat that is warm and humid in the summer, and that can be rather cold in the winter. These wonderful plants can and do tolerate frost.

      Hope this helps.


  4. lilliauna says:

    I liked the information about the venus fly trap.

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