How to Repot a Venus Flytrap

How to Repot a Venus Flytrap

The Spruce / Hilary Allison

Project Overview
  • Working Time: 10 - 15 mins
  • Total Time: 10 - 15 mins
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Estimated Cost: $10 to $30

Venus flytraps (Dionaea muscipula) are without a doubt the most infamous carnivorous plants around and have become popular amongst botanists and houseplant hobbyists alike. Native to the boggy regions of North and South Carolina, Venus flytraps are accustomed to the nutrient-poor growing medium of the Carolina boglands and they obtain their nutrients by "eating" insects, which they have become famous for.

While Venus flytraps have obtained the reputation of being difficult to grow, this stereotype is not warranted as their growing conditions are actually quite straightforward. One important aspect of maintaining a healthy Venus flytrap is regular repotting of the plant to ensure that it has adequate room to grow.


Before you begin repotting, it's important to note that Venus flytraps have rhizomes that help to store energy and produce both the roots and the shoots of the plant. So don't be alarmed by the white bulbous rhizomes among the roots of a Venus flytrap while you are repotting it!

When to Repot a Venus Flytrap

For best results, Venus flytraps should be repotted annually to help keep the potting medium fresh. Over time, the potting medium can become compacted which makes it difficult for the plant to grow new roots. While Venus flytraps don't mind being repotted during most times of the year, it is best to repot them during the spring or early summer as this is when they come out of their winter dormancy. Avoid repotting Venus flytraps while they are actively flowering.

It's also a good idea to repot a Venus flytrap as soon as it is purchased to ensure that any impurities from the water it was given at the nursery do not stick around in the soil. Venus flytraps require pure water (filtered or rainwater is best!) to thrive. Repotting after you purchase also helps to ensure that the potting medium is correct as Venus flytraps are picky with their growing medium.

Before Getting Started

Choosing the Right Potting Medium

Choosing the right soil/potting medium for your Venus flytrap is the most crucial aspect of successfully repotting one. Venus flytraps are native to the bogs of North and South Carolina and are accustomed to an acidic, nutrient-poor growing medium. Using standard potting soil or nutrient-enhanced mixtures will burn the Venus flytraps and kill them quickly.

When repotting a Venus flytrap, a standard carnivorous plant soil mixture should be used. You can either mix one yourself or look for Venus flytrap potting soil to achieve this. If you are mixing the soil yourself, a 1:1 mixture of unenriched peat moss and perlite is ideal. The peat moss provides the acidity that Venus flytraps require, while the perlite helps to retain moisture.

Choosing the Right Pot

There are a couple of important considerations when it comes to choosing a pot for your Venus flytrap. While Venus flytraps stay relatively small, even at maturity, their root systems can grow fairly deep so choosing a pot with some depth to it is beneficial for the plant. A minimum pot depth of 4 inches is recommended so that the roots can develop while keeping the majority of the water away from the rhizomes.

Proper insulation is also important for Venus flytraps. When grown indoors insulation is less of a concern as they can be temperature-controlled more easily, but typically leaving extra room around the rhizomes so that the potting medium can buffer them from extreme heat or cold is a good idea. A minimum of 2 inches of potting medium around the edges of the rhizomes is recommended for optimal insulation. This may mean choosing a larger pot for your Venus flytrap. In most cases, plastic pots are best for Venus flytraps.

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Small garden spade


  • Small plastic pot
  • Venus flytrap potting soil or a 1:1 combination of perlite and peat moss


  1. Prepare the Pot

    Fill the new pot with the 1:1 mixture of peat moss and perlite.

    Small terracotta pot filled with peat moss and perlite to repot venus flytrap plant

    The Spruce / Phoebe Cheong

  2. Moisten the Potting Mixture

    Gently water the new potting mixture with purified water or rainwater to moisten it.

    Purified water in white watering can poured into pot with peat moss and perlite potting mixture

    The Spruce / Phoebe Cheong

  3. Create the Hole

    Create a small hole in the center of the new potting mixture where the Venus flytrap will be placed.

    Finger creating hole in potting mixture to plant venus flytrap plant

    The Spruce / Phoebe Cheong

  4. Remove the Venus Flytrap

    Carefully wiggle the Venus flytrap out of its current pot, being careful to handle the root ball and not the traps.


    When repotting a Venus flytrap, it is important to be gentle and avoid triggering the traps as this will waste the plant's valuable energy. Where possible, try to grab the plant by the root ball rather than by the stems or traps.

    Venus flytrap plant pulled out of small black pot by root ball

    The Spruce / Phoebe Cheong

  5. Expose the Roots

    With your fingers, gently break away the old potting medium from the roots of the Venus flytrap. If necessary, separate multiple plants from one another to be re-planted separately.

    Old potting medium gently brushed away from venus flytrap plant roots

    The Spruce / Phoebe Cheong

  6. Pot the Plant

    Place the plant into the new moistened potting mixture and carefully pat the soil into place around the roots.

    Venus flytrap plant inserted into moist potting mixture and pat around roots

    The Spruce / Phoebe Cheong

  7. Water the Venus Flytrap

    Water the plant thoroughly—the water should fully drain through the pot and out of the drainage holes.

    White watering can pouring water thoroughly over potted venus flytrap plant

    The Spruce / Phoebe Cheong

After Repotting the Venus Flytrap

If repotting is done correctly, Venus flytraps should be fairly stable and do not typically require extra care afterward. It is normal to see a stall in growth for a week or two after repotting, and some Venus flytraps may even lose a few traps after being transplanted. As long as the plant has healthy rhizomes and roots this is nothing to be concerned about.