Venus Flytrap Red Dragon
Dionaea muscipula 'Akai Rye'
2 years to reach maturity
This plant has a strong fragrance
Venus Flytrap Red Dragon Overview
A highly adored and aesthetically pleasing plant, the Venus flytrap is a unique plant that has sparked interest time and time again. What makes this endangered plant so unique is not only the fact that it is carnivorous, but also the way it looks and how it's traps work. It 'eats' insects and sometimes even small frogs that become trapped in its modified, toothed leaves. If the prey struggles, the trap will close even tighter. Great to grow indoors and in containers, it is easy to grow in light, but not direct sunlight and with distilled or filtered water. It is definitely a great unusual addition to your garden or home. This cultivar is an all red form but will revert to green in poor light.
Common problems with Venus Flytrap Red Dragon
Pests include aphids, fungus gnats and flea beetles. Diseases include grey mold and various other fungi.
Venus Flytrap Red Dragon Companion Plants
Pitcher plant, sundew, blue flag iris, yellow flag iris, Louisiana iris, horsetail, sedges, rushes, and other bog plants make good companions for the Venus Flytrap.
How to harvest Venus Flytrap Red Dragon
When harvesting seed, look for the seed pods to appear after the plant flowers. Cut the seed pods from the plant using sharp scissors. Place or let them drop into a small bowl or cup. Break apart the seed heads to remove the small seeds inside. Spread the seeds on a layer of newspaper and leave them to dry in a well-ventilated area. This will take 2 - 3 days. Store the dried seeds until ready to plant.
How to propagate Venus Flytrap Red Dragon
Sow seeds on the surface of your medium of choice. Expect respectable growth in Spring and Summer if temperatures are warm, light levels are good and you water well.
Reproduces via its rhizome. It never has more than seven leaves. If your plant has more then seven leaves, it has already split off another plant from the mother plant and you can look at the base.
Special features of Venus Flytrap Red Dragon
Makes an excellent indoor plant but requires more light than it can get on a typical house window sill. It needs a humid environment, so an arid or an air-conditioned room can lead to its death.
Attracts useful insects
It attracts wasps, flies, beetles among others serving as pollinators and prey. These insectivorous plants lure numerous insects including flies, etc. using a sweet smelling nectar.
Great plant to grow in containers. Use a deep tray to keep plant moist long after watering, but also drain to allow roots to breathe in between waterings. Only use filtered or distilled water.
Venus fly traps like being surrounded by water.
Other uses of Venus Flytrap Red Dragon
Has been shown to contain naphthoquinones that may have medicinal value.