Venus Flytrap Seeds

Growing a Venus Flytrap from Venus Flytrap seeds is not for the beginner. Although many North American plants can be easily grown and cultivated from seeds, the Venus Flytrap plant is a little more difficult.

The Venus Flytrap produces a small white flower in the spring, typically in April through May. The flower produces small seeds that can be used to grow new Venus Flytrap plants.

So Venus Flytrap seeds are usually available at pretty good prices in June and July.

Remember that the Venus Flytrap is a slow growing plant. If you try to grow the plant from seeds, it will be a few years before you see Venus Flytrap pods with a fairly decent size. The first couple of years you will see really small traps. And I do mean small! But the plant is amazing. Even when very small, just a few weeks from germinating, the plant will grow the most detailed small traps. A housefly would be way too big, but the plants can catch small bugs that are present in soils everywhere.

If you still want to grow your Venus Flytrap from seeds, here is what you need to do.

1. Scatter the seeds on top of the growing soil. Don't burry the seeds. Instead scatter a little bit of very fine sphagnum peat moss dust over the seeds.

2. Water the seeds only using distilled water or rain water. To water the seeds you want to spray a fine mist. So use a spray bottle and gently wet the soil surface. Keep the soil moist but not wet. This is a fine line, but you want to keep the soil moist, not wet. And keep the soil moist while the seeds are germinating. You will find that as the seeds grow, you can reduce the amount of watering. Remember to keep the seeds and soil in moist not soggy or saturated soils. And do not let the soils dry out.

3. The Venus Flytrap is native to the Southeast United States, and the summers are warm and humid. So when trying to grow seeds, indeed, when trying to grow plants, try to replicate the climate conditions. This means keeping the Venus Flytrap seeds and the germinating container warm, at a temperature between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

4. Maintaining a high humidity for your Venus Flytrap plants is really only important for your germinating seeds, and only if you live in a dry climate. If you need to improve the humidity for your germinating Venus Flytrap seeds, then cover the germinating container with a clear plastic bag or plastic food container. Be sure to poke several holes in the bag or plastic food container so air can move back and forth. If you use a clear cover on your germinating container, be sure to only use indirect sunlight. Expose your germinanting Venus Flytrap seeds to direct sunlight, and the heat will kill the seeds.

5. Germination of Venus Flytrap seeds typically takes 4 to 6 weeks. Once the seedlings have germinated and you can see tiny traps, remove the cover and place the seedlings in direct sunlight. But keep the new seedlings moist. Do not allow the seedlings or the soil to dry out.

Patience is a virtue when caring for Venus Flytrap plants, and trying to grow plants from seeds.

Some Venus Flytrap seeds will germinate quickly, in as little as two weeks. Other seeds will appear to be lifeless and dead, and nothing seems to happen for weeks.

But be patient.

Keep the soils and seeds moist, be attentive to the light, and your patience will be rewarded by little green plants with little green traps. Growing Venus Flytrap seeds is really not that hard!

To get more information about the proper Venus Flytrap habitat, click on one of the links to the right.


Venus Flytrap Seeds — 15 Comments

  1. Hi,
    I have a question about Venus fly trap, could I plant Venus seeds on Oct in room temperature?
    do they germinate in this season?
    thanks in advance for your time.

  2. I am wondering how to care for the plant after germination. I bought some seeds and I planted 5 seeds, I used worm castings for soil and 2 pop bottles bottoms. I am using an led light that has a combination of white and blue lights that can change, so at night they get straight blue light and during the day they get a combination of both lights. I use the water from my fish tank to water least 23 have sprouted but I Am wonndering about feeding them do I have to catch insects and what types of things do they eat? Like can they eat worms and when and how often do they need to eat insects? Do you use any plant food in the soil?

    • Hi,

      You’ve got a long way to go ahead of you… don’t worry about feeding the plants. Just worry about them not dying on you over the next several months. Don’t feed them worms. And don’t try adding plant food to the soil – that will surely kill the plant.


  3. hi
    i live in the south west of france and i was wondering if you had any tips on how to keep the seeds between 75 and 85 degrees please

    • Hi Matthew, are you trying to germinate them? What is your growing zone and what is the equivalent to US growing zones? I lived in Europe for a few years and I believe that the southern climates especially where you live, are helpful to growing Venus Flytraps.


      • Hi Mike I move to North Pole Alaska.
        And in the summer I have came to learn that there are a lot of Mosquito and flies all over and would like to know how if the Venus fly trap
        Would survive in Alaska? Or if there is another plant that I could buy, that like the Venus fly trap?

        • Ruth,

          Thanks for your question. The Venus Flytrap plant is native to the coast of South and North Carolina. To be successful at growing this plant, you have to replicate that growing environment.

          Your question depends on if the plant is inside or outside. It sounds like you can have the plant outside during the summer, but no way will it survive a winter outside. You will have to grow it inside, next to a sunny south facing window.

          Hope this helps.


        • Online from Amazon which you can find here Venus Flytrap Seeds. But unless you are a skilled gardener, I don’t recommend trying to raise Venus Flytrap plants from seeds. It is really really hard.

          If you are a beginner, your best bet is get and grow young plants. Once you’ve mastered taking care of these plants and their special needs, then you can start thinking about growing VFT plants from seeds.

          My recommendation is to get Venus Flytrap plants from Joel’s Carnivorous Plants which you can find on Amazon here => 3 Small Venus Flytrap Plants

          Good luck!


  4. Hi Mike,
    I have had my venus plant since last xmas,it grew very well untill some time after xmas and then took a dive.
    It took a few weeks and then started to grow like a house on fire,a long stalk with flowers which after a while curled up and dried up.
    My question is when do the seeds appear? i was told it takes about 2-3 years for the plant to bear seeds. Dudley. ( true/false


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