If you’re like most gardeners, you probably can’t. Not, that there’s anything wrong with wanting to raise some healthy vegetables in your garden, but when it comes to feeding a Venus fly trap, they may hold something back that you aren’t aware of. We’ll take a look at why Venus fly traps attract aphids and how you can feed them more than once. Let’s face it, your garden needs nutrients, especially now that we’ve been experiencing record droughts.
In nature, a plant only needs insects to reproduce and thrive. This is not the case on our planet, which has experienced a huge population growth due to over-exploitation of plant resources. Now, you may be thinking that aphids don’t really need plants to survive. However, this isn’t always true.
Aphids need plant food to survive, but feeding a Venus fly trap is a lot like giving aphids your supper. If the plant has gone without water for too long, it will eventually die – just like your trap. It’s a good idea to water the plant daily – or as soon as you can if the weather is drying out, but don’t drown it.
When feeding your Venus fly trap, don’t give your aphid’s the same thing that they are used to. They love sugary food like sugary fruits and veggies. Unfortunately, our society has conditioned us to limit our fruit and vegetable intake. So, instead of giving those precious fruits and vegetables to the aphids, you should try and give them something else. Something that is high in fiber and low in sugar. The high fiber content will keep your plant eating process going and its low sugar content will keep your plant growing at a healthy rate.
Many people think that plants only get hungry when there are aphids around. However, it’s more accurate to say that plants get hungry when there are conditions that are conducive for plant eating. For example, during the warmer times of the year, it’s a better time for your plant to be eating than any other time of year. This is because the soil may be better suited for plant growth and will contain more nutrients for plant eating than the cold and damp conditions of winter.
If you’re not sure what these conditions are, I suggest visiting a nursery. They will be able to answer your question – How much can you feed a Venus fly trap? They’ll also be able to advise you about what plant foods you should be feeding your Venus flytraps – and what plant foods you should stay away from.
Don’t forget, when feeding your trap, to check the condition of your aphids regularly. Don’t put your trap in a dark place. They need light, but just like a bird, they don’t like being in total darkness. Also, make sure that the food remains still and sustains itself while it’s in the trap – it won’t look like food any longer once your trap has finished eating.
Of course, if your plants seem to have a hard time supporting their own weight – don’t hesitate to remove them from the trap and give them some water. There are two reasons for this. First of all, if water isn’t getting into the trap, it’s probably due to roots that are growing tighter than food. Secondly, if the trap is only holding onto water – it’s likely that some of the aphids have managed to squeeze themselves inside. Removing the trap will free up the rest of the food.
If you still have the trapped insects, the best thing you can do to answer the question “can you feed a Venus fly trap too much?” is to remove them as soon as they’ve finished eating. To do this, just lift the fly trap out of the ground and drop it onto the grass or dirt next to your house. You’ll probably need to move it a few times before it sinks fully in, but you should be able to do this several times before your trap gets completely filled up.
If you’re wondering whether aphids will eat your plant because it’s toxic, you’ll be happy to know that they rarely do. The reason why this is so is because, contrary to popular belief, they actually have digestive juices that work a lot like our stomachs at the same time. They break down the plant material much like how bacteria and other naturally occurring organisms break down food in our mouths. Your plant absorbs whatever nutrients are available, which include any traces of aphids – which means that by removing whatever is in there, it will be virtually impossible for them to survive. This is why it’s important not to feed your trap plants that are known to contain plant toxins – it could prove to be deadly to your aphids.
If you’ve been asking, “can you feed a Venus fly trap too much? “, it’s now pretty clear that it’s not going to cause your aphids to go into a coma. Their bodies are simply too small for that to happen. To top off your beautiful garden, though, it’s a truly satisfying feeling knowing that you managed to protect those lovely plants and the environment from harm from one of the most common insect predators in the world.