Venus Flytrap / Sundew / Pitcher Plant Transplant Guide
1. Timing to transplant your Venus Flytrap, Sundew & Pitcher Plant.
You can transplant your Venus Flytrap, Sundew, and Pitcher Plant anytime you like!
However, we do recommend tranplanting your plant before it fills up the entire terrarium. Once your Venus Flytrap has grown to a point where it fills up about 80% of the terrarium, its growth will slow down. Your plant will have divided into many more. At this point, it's a great timing to take it out and transplant it into a pot.
2. Choosing the right soil is the key 🔑.
For the soil, we sell a transplant kit with soil. However, you can also make it yourself by mixing 50% sphagnum peat moss with 50% silica sand from local home improvement store. Make sure the soil mix has no fertilizer added. Just keep in mind you might have to buy 50lb's at one time.
After mixing silica sand with sphagnum peat moss, give the whole mix one generous wash with distilled water and discard this water, which contains minerals.
If you are using the soil purchased from us, also wash the soil with distilled water.
Venus Flytraps are not picky about pots and planters. Use one with drainage. We encourage you to put a saucer or holder at the bottom of your pot to collect the distilled water. This helps keeping your Venus Flytrap in a high humidity level.
3. Taking out the plant can be simple.
Taking out your Venus Flytraps from the soild gel inside the glass isn't easy, especially for a bulb jar having narrow neck.
To make your life easier, use a blunt tweezer to cut the gel into smaller pieces. This helps you to lift up your plant easily.
Once the gel breaks into smaller pieces, use your blunt tweezer to take the plant out of the gel from their roots. If you still have a hard time dragging up the whole plant, you can pull out the plant piece by piece from the roots.
4. Select plants, with roots.
Once the plant is out, rinse the plant under room temperature running water, make sure all the gel is completely off. If this step is skipped, molds will grow on the nutrient gel killing your plants.
Give the plant one final rinse with distilled water to get rid of any mineral residue from the previous tap water rinse. The most important rule to follow is that tap water or any mineral / fertilizer sources are lethal to these plants.
You can keep the plant as one whole plant, or your can subdivide your Venus Flytrap into several plants, if you want to grow more than one.
If you have lots of split Venus Flytraps, pick up the plants that have black roots.
5. Plant your plants.
Next, burry the black roots and the white bulb of the plant into the soil, so that the only part above soil is green leaves.
Now it's the tricky part!
Your Venus Flytrap had been living in a closed glass with high humidity and low light environment. Therefore, it is important to acclimate your plant slowly, over the course of a month, to real world parameters.
To do that, keep your plant watered and leaves misted, then covered with Saran Wrap or transplant plastic wraps or bags.
Find a spot to display your transplanted Venus Flytrap.
Gradually wean off the humidity levels by poking holes in the Saran Wrap over the course of one month until the cover is completely taken off.
Water only with mineral-free distilled water. If you notice mold, placing you plant in the sun is a sure way to kill the mold.
6. Waiting, Waiting, and Feeding.
Do not attempt to do any feedings until it is successfully hardened off.
If the traps are big enough, you can feed with freeze dried bloodworm pellets soaked in distilled water, or use our carnivorous plant food. At this stage your plant is still juvenile, so it will need your attention and care to transition into real world parameters.
If it's approaching winter, do not try to hibernate the plant, just focus on acclimating and growing it at temperatures over 70 degrees. It is a somewhat tedious but rewarding process. Your plant can grow for many years, good luck and have fun!