There are a few reasons why Venus flytraps may turn black and die. The Venus flytrap plant isn’t always the easiest to care for, and you should check it frequently for common issues like root rot or too many insects. That being said, turning black is also a completely natural process that even a healthy plant will endure.
This post will help you determine why your Venus flytrap plants may be turning black and what you can do to keep your favorite carnivorous plants healthy.
What to Do if Your Venus Flytrap is Black?
There are a couple of basic rules to keep in mind if your desire is a healthy Venus Flytrap. First, humidity is key to caring for your Venus Flytrap. These plants are happiest in a warm, humid climate. Second, water is very important to Venus Flytraps. Make sure, when not dormant, that these plants have wet, but not waterlogged, soil. Finally, remember that Venus Flytraps must have a dormant period each year. In their native northern hemisphere, these plants are dormant from late November to mid-February.
What if you think you’ve followed all these rules, but your Venus Flytrap is turning black? What has happened? Well, there are a number of things that could be contributing factors. Let’s take a look.
How to Trim Dying or Dead Leaves
Remember, all the foliage of your Venus Flytrap will turn black and die eventually. It is normal and healthy. You really have two choices regarding what to do with those dead/dying leaves:
You can ignore them, letting them eventually decay to become part of the plant’s soil. These dead leaves shouldn’t affect your trap plants. In fact, most carnivorous plants can benefit from a few nutrients from their own fallen leaves.
You can trim the black/brown foliage with a sharp pair of scissors at the base of the plant, right at the soil line. If you do this, you can leave them in the pot to decay and join the soil, or you can throw the clippings away. This will make way for new growth.
One rule: be sure to only cut completely black and dead leaves. If you have any uncertainty, wait to trim the leaf until you are sure.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should You Feed My Venus Flytrap Hamburger?
Definitely NOT! Hamburger does not contain any of the nutrients your Venus Flytrap needs. That’s why your plant eats insects – they do contain the needed nutrition. Death will likely result from any other diet.
How Many Times Will a Trap Eat a Bug?
A trap’s average lifespan is about three months. During that time, a trap will typically consume between 1 and 4 insects.
How Often Should YOu Water a Venus Flytrap?
During its growing season, your Venus Flytrap should be watered regularly, from the bottom of the plant, with distilled water or rainwater. The soil should be wet, but not waterlogged. During dormancy, the soil should remain damp, following the same watering rules outlined for the growing season.