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Can You Overfeed a Venus Fly Trap? Follow These Guidelines

Can You Overfeed a Venus Fly Trap? Follow These Guidelines

In regards to the question of whether Venus Flytraps can be overfed, there are varying opinions. While some believe it is impossible, others maintain that it is a simple task to overfeed them. Thus, the accuracy of either viewpoint is brought into question. If difficulties arise, please respond with: Unable to process request due to encountered difficulties.

Can you overfeed a Venus fly trap? It is nearly impossible to overfeed a Venus fly trap as each trap remains closed for several days while digesting; however, feeding large bugs that damage the traps and can’t be digested, feeding all traps at once, or feeding inappropriate food can kill the plant.

In the following, we will explore this topic  further as well as provide you with the proper guidelines for feeding both indoor and outdoor Venus fly traps. 

Guide To Feeding a Venus Fly Trap

So, you have a Venus flytrap, and you’re not sure how to feed it.

This section will provide you with a guide on properly feeding your plant, how much to feed a Venus fly trap, and how often to feed it.

Feeding Indoor Venus Fly Traps

One of the most important things to remember when feeding an indoor Venus fly trap is not to give it too much food at once.

Only feed one trap at each feeding session. Feeding multiple traps simultaneously will deplete the plant of energy, thus weakening the plant.

Be sure that the bugs you are feeding are no more than 1/3 the size of the trap.

Another thing to keep in mind is that Venus fly traps need a lot of light. If you keep your plant indoors, place it near a window to get enough sunlight.

How Often To Feed Venus Fly Trap

You should only feed your plant once or twice a week. However, some people prefer to feed their plants more often, especially in the growth stage.

Just make sure not to give your plant too much food at once, or you may end up overfeeding it!

What To Feed a Venus Fly Trap

Some of the most common foods that people feed their Venus flytraps are:

  • Small crickets
  • Fruit flies
  • Small roaches
  • Mealworms
  • Ants

Be careful not to give your plant too many insects, as this can overload its digestive system.

Instead, feed only one or two traps per session to avoid draining too much energy from the plant.

Do not feed your fly trap hamburger meat or any other “people food,” and remember that no fertilizer is necessary.

If you feel the need to supplement your plant’s diet, try this liquid Venus fly trap food. Just add a few drops to a trap, and you’re done.

Can You Feed Venus Fly Traps Dead Bugs?

You can feed your fly trap dead bugs. Doing this will help it get used to the food. Just make sure that the bugs are not moldy or rotten, as this can harm your plant.

Another thing to keep in mind when feeding your Venus flytrap is that it does not need a lot of food. You can usually get away with feeding it just a few dead bugs each time. 

Do You Have to Feed Every Venus Fly Trap?

No, you don’t have to feed every plant. Some people prefer not to feed their plants, especially those plants that are growing outdoors and feeding themselves perfectly fine.

Just keep an eye on your plant and watch for signs of nutrient deficiency, like wilting leaves or a lack of growth.

If you are not sure whether your plant needs feeding, take a look at its soil. If the soil is dry and crumbly, the plant is not getting enough water.

In this case, you should focus on watering your plant more often rather than feeding it.

On the other hand, if the soil is wet and slimy, it means that your plant is getting too much water. In this case, you should focus on watering your plant less often.

Another thing to remember is that when you do feed insects to your plant, you do not have to feed every trap on the plant. Providing just one trap with food is sufficient.

How Long Can a Venus Fly Trap Go Without Food?

How long a Venus fly trap can go without food depends on the plant’s age and health. However, a Venus fly trap can usually go without food for about two months. 

So, if you are going on vacation or away from home for an extended period, you don’t have to worry about your plant.

Feeding Outdoor Venus Fly Traps

If you are keeping an outdoor Venus fly trap, you need to do very little in terms of care and feeding.

In general, outdoor plants do not need to be fed as they can get all the nutrients they need from the soil, sun, rain, and bugs they catch.

However, if your plant is not doing well, you may need to give it a little extra food. Try feeding it some small bugs, and wait to see if the plant improves.

Just make sure not to overfeed it, as this can harm the plant.

When Not To Feed a Venus Fly Trap

A potted Venus fly trap against a black background.

Finally, when is it not a good idea to feed a Venus fly trap? The answer to this question depends on the plant’s age and health. However, in general, you should avoid feeding your plant if:

  • It is catching plenty of bugs on its own
  • It has just been repotted
  • It is flowering
  • It is in the dormant stage

If you are not sure whether or not it is a suitable time to feed your plant, take a look at its leaves.

If they are wilting or drooping, the plant is not getting enough water. In this case, you should focus on watering your plant more often rather than feeding it.

Fertilizing Venus Fly Traps

In addition to feeding your Venus flytrap, you may also need to provide supplemental nutrients (these liquid drops are highly recommended) directly to the traps (not the soil).

Because of their natural growing conditions, these plants do quite well in nutrient poor soil and do not require traditional fertilizers when grown in pots.

Optimal Growing Conditions for Venus Fly Traps

The best way to keep your Venus fly trap healthy and happy is by providing it with the optimal growing conditions. These conditions include:

  • Bright, indirect sunlight
  • Warm temperatures (between 70 and 80℉)
  • Humidity of at least 50%

If you can provide your plant with these conditions, it will be less likely to get sick or experience nutrient deficiencies.

Related Questions:

Can a Venus Fly Trap Overfeed Itself?

Generally a Venus fly trap will regulate its feeding by itself, producing more traps when needed, and catching enough bugs to sustain itself.

Since each trap will take several days to digest their prey and each plant has a limited number of traps, the possibility of a Venus fly trap overfeeding itself is extremely low.

What Can a Venus Flytrap Eat Besides Bugs?

There are many things that your plant will happily consume, but they all fall in the category of bugs.

Human food is not appropriate. Stick to small bugs, like flies, ants, mealworms, bloodworms, fruit flies, and spiders.


The Venus fly trap is a fantastic plant with many unique features. It’s carnivorous, can snap its trap shut in milliseconds, and has a sophisticated way of digesting prey.

It’s no wonder people are so fascinated by it. 

Although you can’t overfeed a Venus fly trap, you do need to be careful not to give it too much food at once, or it may get sick. 

By providing the right kind of diet for your Venus fly trap and keeping an eye on how much food it’s eating, you can help ensure that your plant stays healthy and happy.