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why do venus fly traps turn black

Venus flytraps are enjoyable and entertaining plants. Their needs and growing conditions are quite different from those of other houseplants. Find out what this unique plant needs to stay strong and healthy, and what to do when Venus flytraps are turning black in this article. Why to Flytraps Turn Black? Each trap on a Venus flytrap plant has a limited lifespan. On average, a trap lives about three months. The end may look dramatic, but there is usually nothing wrong with the plant. When you find that the traps on a Venus flytrap turn black much sooner than they should or when several traps die at once, check your feeding practices and growing conditions. Correcting the problem can save the plant. depend on their caretakers to provide the insect meals they need to thrive. These plants are so much fun to feed that it s easy to get carried away.


It takes a lot of energy to close a trap and digest the food inside. If you close too many at once, the plant uses all of its reserves and the traps begin to blacken. Wait until the traps are fully open and feed just one or two a week. If you re feeding the right amount and the Venus flytrap is turning black anyway, perhaps the problem is what you are feeding it. If a bit of the insect, such as a leg or a wing, sticks outside the trap, it won t be able to make a good seal so that it can digest the food properly. Use insects that are no more than one-third the size of the trap. If the trap catches a bug that is too large on its own just leave it alone. The trap may die, but the plant will survive and grow new traps. Venus flytraps are a bit fussy about their soil, water and container.


The fertilizers and minerals that are added to commercial potting soils help most plants grow, but they are fatal to Venus flytraps. Use a potting mix labeled specifically for Venus flytraps, or make your own from peat moss and sand or perlite. Clay pots also contain minerals, and they leach out when you water the plant, so use plastic or glazed ceramic pots. Water the plant with filtered water to avoid the introduction of chemicals that may be in your tap water. The plant also needs plenty of sunlight. Strong light coming in from a south-facing window is best. If you don t have strong natural light available, you will have to use grow lights. Good care and proper conditions are essential to preserve the life and health of the plant.
Why are my Venus flytrap's traps turning black?


I commonly get e-mail like, I fed my plant--which I have named Jabberjaws--and it closed just fine, but why is the leaf turning black and dying? I have a couple of pieces of advice. First, A plant with inadequate light tends to get blackened traps more frequently. Second, only feed your plants the appropriate kind of food. For example, do not commit obvious sins like feeding your plant strange things like hamburger meat or insects laced with pesticides. Another feeding guideline is that you should make sure that no part of the bug-meal sticks out of the trap. Any leg or wing extending through the jaws increases the chance that the food being digested will start to decay, and the rot may spread to the rest of the leaf. If you feed a leaf a bug which barely fits into the leaf, it is likely the leaf will die.


The leaf should be at least three times as large as the bug you are putting inside it. Small mouthfuls are easier for the plant to digest. As you feed your plant, learn about your plant's tastes. Some bugs are better than others. If you find your plant dies when you feed it moths, do not feed it moths. I find that large ants sometimes cause the leaf to blacken. I'm not sure why. Perhaps the ants cause a lot of mechanical damage to the leaf as they struggle. Occasionally people write to me from some place in the world, and ask me about the specifics of palatability of the ants, flies, and other arthropods in their yards. The simple fact is, I don't know! You'll have to experiment for yourself. Personal observation.

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