Has your Venus Flytrap begun to flower? And what does the Venus Flytrap flower mean for the plant?
There’s also the question of whether you should let the Venus Flytrap plant flower or not flower. It’s recommended that if you’re a novice grower, it’s best that you do not let the plant flower. If you’re more experienced with Venus flytraps, you can let the white flowers grow.
Read on for a detailed look at this carnivorous plant’s flowering process.
Is the Venus Flytrap a Flower?
No, the Venus Flytrap (Dionaea Muscipula) is not considered a flower, but it does bloom flowers. The Venus flytrap is a plant with lobed leaves that form a trap to capture prey for nourishment.
This is a perennial plant, that once it reaches maturity, will flower every year as spring rolls around. These plants produce flower stalks, and the stalks will host bunches of blooms that are characterized by white petals with green veining.
The Venus Flytrap Flowering Process
The flowering process of the Venus Flytrap is a completely normal event in the plant’s life after its matured. It will divert energy away from the plant itself, which will slow its growth, to concentrate on flowering and reproduction to produce more of the species.
For new gardeners of Venus Flytraps, it is important to evaluate if allowing the flowering process is the best choice for your plant.
Do you hope to propagate it, and if so, what method will you use? Seed propagation or flower stalk propagation?
When your Venus Flytrap reaches maturity, somewhere between the ages of two and four years old, it will begin to develop blooms in the springtime. This will usually happen very quickly after reawakening from the dormancy period.
The flowering process begins with the development of thick cylindrical flower stalks that grow taller than the traps. These stalks eventually develop into bunches of blooms. While the flowers themselves are not showy, they are graceful with white petals that have green veins running through them.
The plant will produce several flower stalks during the spring, but not at the same time. These flowering stalks require no extra care nor do the plants during their flowering period.
You may notice a reduction in the speed of growth during flowering, but this is because the plant is concentrating its energy on reproduction.
Should I Cut the Venus Flytrap Flowers Off?
If you want to keep the Venus flytrap growing as first priority, then you can cut the flowers off, so it doesn’t take energy away from growth. If you prefer to interrupt the flowering process, the general recommendation is to cut the flower stalks off before they grow completely.
Much of this decision boils down to how long you have cared for your plant and if it’s a mature and healthy plant already.
If you have cared for your plant for six months or less, it is recommended that you skip the flowering process and allow the Venus flytrap to continue growing.
If you have had the plant for more than a year and it is healthy, you can enjoy the flowering process. Gardeners that have had their plants from six months to a year will need to evaluate the general health of the plant and if they are confident about the plant’s environmental growing conditions.
Does the Flowering Process Kill the Venus Flytrap?
No, the flowering process will not kill your Venus flytrap plant. The flowering and reproduction process does not kill the plant, it merely directs energy away from plant growth toward blooming and reproduction. This is an entirely normal procedure that takes place annually.
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When to Stop the Flowering Process
There are several reasons to stop the flowering process to protect your plant.
If your plant is sickly or weak, it might not be able to survive the reproductive flowering process. In this case, it is better to cut off flower stalks before they bloom.
Weakness might be due to recovery from a pest infestation, or the onset of root rot due to overwatering or poor drainage. If so, flowering will deplete your plant’s resources and weigh on the plant’s already weakened state.
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If your plant is healthy and thriving, there is no reason why you shouldn’t enjoy the spring flowering process. If you have had your plant for a year or two, it should easily be strong enough to face the flowering process without particular difficulties.
If you decide to interrupt the flowering process, remove flower stalks sooner as opposed to later. They should be cut off before they grow too tall. Using a pair of sharp scissors, trim off the stalks at the base, removing as much of the stalk as possible.
Do not cut or harm leaves near the stalks though. You can either discard trimmed stalks or use them for plant propagation.
Because your plant will produce stalks throughout the spring period, keep an eye on it to trim any new stalks that begin to appear.
What to Do with Venus Flytrap Flowers
Apart from enjoying the attractiveness of the flowers themselves, these blooms offer you the opportunity to propagate more Venus flytrap plants.
How to Harvest Venus Flytrap Seeds
Even if you only own a single Venus flytrap plant, you can harvest seeds from it on the condition that you act as the pollinator.
In the plant’s natural habitat outdoors, pollinators like bees work to ensure seed production. Indoors, this task will fall to you.
If a flower has been successfully fertilized, it will begin to dry up and wither. Once the flower has died completely, it will leave several capsules that are filled with seeds. Each fertilized bloom will leave numerous seeds.
To harvest seeds, gently remove the dead flower and open it completely. Do this on a paper towel or cloth as Venus flytrap seeds are incredibly small. Do it indoors so you don’t risk losing seeds to breezes.
Learn more about Growing Venus Flytraps from Seed.
To ensure the pollination of your Venus flytrap plant’s blooms, follow these easy steps.
- Allow your Venus flytrap to flower and hope for as many flowers as possible.
- Get several Q-tips or very small paintbrushes for pollination purposes.
- Take a look at each flower to identify the anther and stigma. The anther contains the flower’s pollen, and the stigma is the location where your pollen will be able to germinate.
- Using a Q-tip or tiny paintbrush, gently remove pollen from the anther and then place it within the stigma for germination.
- Do this with all the flowers on your Venus flytrap plant for a better chance of successful pollination. Wait several days to verify if your pollinating was successful.
This method of self-pollination generally produces quality seeds, however, if you can practice cross-pollination, they’ll be even better. For cross-pollination, you will need at least two Venus flytrap plants.
Cross-pollination is when you fertilize the pollen of one plant in the stigma of the other plant. Seeds from cross-pollination tend to be better quality and stronger.
Storage and Sowing Venus Flytrap Seeds
Seeds do not need to be sown or planted immediately. You can sow them comfortably within the next week or month. Should you prefer to store them for several months, place them in the refrigerator.
To sow your Venus flytrap seeds and produce your new seedlings, follow these steps:
- Select a plant container with plenty of drainage holes, along with a tray to place underneath the container.
- Fill the container with a soil mix specifically indicated for carnivorous plants and then saturate the soil with distilled, purified, or filtered water.
- Add in a diluted or very weak fungicide to ensure fungal infection protection.
- Sow your seeds separately in the moistened soil. Press them gently into the soil.
- Fill the tray underneath the container with distilled, purified, or filtered water to ensure that the environment remains sufficiently moist.
- The seed tray should be kept at a comfortable room temperature in a location with sunlight exposure. The growing medium must remain moist and humid.
- Your Venus flytrap seeds should germinate in six to eight weeks.
Venus Flytrap Flower Stalk Propagation
The Venus Flytrap can be cultivated not only by using seeds, but also by using grown flower stalks. Grown flower stalks can be used for propagation, even if they do not flower.
Here are the steps to propagate the Venus flytrap with flower stalk cuttings:
- Choose a pot or container with adequate drainage holes, along with a tray that will fit under your container.
- Use a carnivorous plant soil mix, or mix your own by blending two parts of peat moss with one part perlite in your selected container.
- Water the soil mix with distilled, purified, or filtered water.
- Cut the flower stalks from the mother plant as close to the bulb as possible and snip off any flower buds present.
- Cut the flower stalk into sections approximately three inches in length.
- Place your stalk sections into the soil bed upright with half the length under the soil and half above the soil surface. You can also place the stalk sections on the soil bed horizontally and press them gently into the soil but without covering the sections. Do cover the stalk section ends with soil.
- Position your container in the sunlight while maintaining the environmental humidity. Within several weeks, the stalk sections should produce roots.
Venus Flytrap Flower Final Thoughts
Venus Flytraps are extraordinary plants, not only for their exceptional trapping mechanism, but also that the flower stalks grow considerably taller than the traps. This guarantees that the pollinators can do their job effectively, thus guaranteeing the survival and proliferation of the species.
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