Science Projects for Kids: Classifying Plants

Venus Flytrap Tips

Carnivorous plants can be easy and fun to raise if you give them the right environment. Just follow these Venus flytrap tips!

What You'll Need:

  • Small aquarium or fish bowl or 1 gallon glass jar
  • Peat moss
  • Charcoal (use the kind prepared for house plants)
  • Potting soil
  • Sand
  • Old mixing bowl
  • Water
  • Venus Flytrap plant
  • Insects or tiny bits of raw meat

Step 1: Pour a one-inch layer of crushed charcoal into the bottom of the terrarium.

Step 2: Mix three parts of potting soil with one part sand and one part peat moss in an old mixing bowl. Add water until the mix is moist but not soggy.

Step 3: Put about three inches of the mix into the terrarium. Now dig a small hole for your plant.

Step 4: Carefully remove the Venus flytrap from its pot and plant it in the hole. Put a cover on the terrarium.

You need to keep your plant moist. Most purchased Venus Flytrap plants die because of improper care. The air in your living room is too dry for them. Venus Flytraps are bog plants, so they need humid air and wet soil to survive.

The Venus Flytrap eats insects because it needs nutrients, since bog soils are low in nutrients. You can feed your plant small insects or tiny bits of raw meat. Put a bit of meat on a leaf and gently tap it to make the leaf close.

Be aware that Venus Flytraps are becoming rare because of over collection. Many are collected illegally.

When you buy yours, check the label to see if it is greenhouse raised or collected from the wild. Be sure to only purchase greenhouse raised plants.

The next science project in science projects for kids: classifying plants will reveal all of the colors hidden in a leaf.

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