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By | December 17, 2015

Feeding Your Venus Flytrap Pet Many people think that feeding a plant is synonymous with fertilizing the soil they grow in. Not when it’s venus flytraps. In fact, you should never fertilize this plant because that will kill it, but you can feed it some live prey. One interesting thing about venus flytraps is that while they catch and digest insects and small animals (for example, very small frogs), most of their food and energy are sourced from the sun. As with other plants, these unique pets also convert light into sugars, a process known as photosynthesis. So what should you feed your venus flytraps? One thing’s for sure – don’t feed it a hamburger or it will end up dead from having to digest all that fat. The safest would be its own prey – wasps, beetles, ants, grasshoppers, etc. If there’s something else you want to give it, try feeding one trap first and watch out for any adverse reactions. This way, you won’t end up damaging or killing the entire plant, if it does show signs of indigestion. Your next question probably is, how do I feed my venus flytrap? Since the plant acts on movement, it won’t be able to distinguish between a pebble and a dead insect. If what you feed the trap is something that doesn’t move, the plant will stay open. So if you’re feeding your pet any non-moving food, you’ll need to gently massage the trap’s external surfaces every half hour or so several times in a day. This will stimulate the trigger hairs inside, closing the trap and beginning the digestion process. When a live insect or worm placed inside a venus flytrap begins to move, the plant will immediately close. You may also want to know how often you need to feed a pet like this. Sometimes, healthy venus flytraps get so much food that all of their traps close. If you’re manually feeding your pet, you should feed just one or two trap at a time. To digest an insect, a venus flytrap uses up some of its stored food. Normally, what the plant gets in exchange (nutrition provided by the digested insect) is greater in amount and health importance (for instance, minerals are not abundant in soil) than the energy it spent to obtain those nutrients.
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If a venus flytrap, however, is very small, sick, has been transplanted recently or is subject to difficult conditions like too much heat and not enough water, it could be overwhelmed by stress if you feed too many traps at a time. In that scenario, avoid feeding your pet until its health has fully recovered3 Pets Tips from Someone With Experience

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