Can venus fly traps can be watered with tap water? If so -how?

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  • Bijous Bijous on Jul 02, 2018

    Hi Cheryl, your water may contain too many chemicals for the traps. Use bonafied spring water. Good luck.

  • Jeanne Grunert Jeanne Grunert on Jul 02, 2018
    Yes, they can, but they do better with distilled water. Tap water often contains minerals, chlorine or fluoride that harms them.


  • Mindshift Mindshift on Jul 03, 2018
    The Venus Fly-Trap is native to the coastal bogs of North and South Carolina. Bogs lack certain plant nutrients, namely nitrogen and phosphorus, and the Venus Fly-Trap evolved to get those nutrients by trapping insects. Distilled water is closer to the natural water of a bog as far as pH, and won't contain any added chemicals. Even if you draw your water from a well there is no guarantee that it would be suitable for this plant.
    As to feeding your plant, set it on a porch during the summer so it can acquire its own food. The plant needs live food; do not feed it hamburger! Some keep the plant in a terrarium with a lid. Live bugs are added to the terrarium and the lid is closed. Wild fly-traps have a diet of 30% spiders, 33% ants, 10% beetles, 10% grasshoppers and only 5% flying insects. Of course all these creatures have to be small enough to fit inside the trap.