Venus Flytraps eat fish food?

16 Jan

It all started nearly a year ago. One of my kids wanted a Venus Flytrap. I found out that plants cost about $5-$10 each, plus shipping, while 20 seeds could be had for $12.
I figured if I could get 3 plants to survive I would get my moneys worth.  I ordered seeds from I received them in a small sealed plastic vial.


This is a great way to use a partially-filled aquarium: As a greenhouse!

It’ll write about the process of getting plants from these seeds some other time. It’s not as easy as just dropping seeds into dirt. The baby plants are so small and need to be fed. Also, there are fake seeds being sold on the Internet, which is why I would recommend buying from There must be other trustworthy sources but I can say that my Venus Flytrap seeds turned into Venus Flytrap plants. It takes some work and a lot of patience, so trusting that the seeds are real is important.


I fed the baby plants with  fragments of dried Bloodworms (soaked in distilled water). It was very difficult feeding the baby plants. If you have the steady hands of a brain surgeon it helps.


Out of 20 seeds, I ended up with 15 baby plants, then had 10 very healthy growing small plants. Last fall, I put them outside on some hot, dry days and I killed them all! I brought them in, watered them, and ONE plant came back from underground. It was pathetic. I put the plant inside an aquarium, floating in the warm, humid air, under the bright LED lights. It’s growing. I treat it like it’s the last plant on Earth.


3 Responses to “Venus Flytraps eat fish food?”

  1. becomingcliche January 26, 2017 at 12:15 pm #

    You and I think alike! I turned a small aquarium into a greenhouse for cinnamon trees. Out of 5 seedlings, all 5 are thriving. Now I am going to try my hand at Venus Flytraps! I look forward to your future post so I can get some tips!

    • fishtanx2011 January 26, 2017 at 12:35 pm #

      I’ll start our tomato plants in the aquarium / greenhouse this Spring.

      • becomingcliche January 26, 2017 at 12:37 pm #

        Things grow so well when they have humidity. I have a reptile lamp hanging about to keep them warm, too.

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