Dionaea flowers (by flora-file)
I’ve seen much debate about what to do when your venus flytrap flowers. I’ve had this plant for almost 10 years now, and here’s what I do - cut them off. The venus flytrap is actually a tiny bulb , and the flowering takes energy away from the growth of new leaves. When a bulb has 7 leaves (fly traps) on it is considered fully mature, and may flower. If the flower lives the plant devotes the majority of its energy to sexual reproduction, and produces tiny seeds that are about the size of dust grains. When the flower is removed, the plant starts reproducing assexually, and the bulbs divide, making more flytraps. So cut the flowers off and you will get more flytraps down the line. If the flowers were remarkable or something then I could see letting them go, but they are pretty ordinary. And does anyone grow a venus fly trap for the flower? It’s the leaves that make it so interesting.
This plant put out 7 flowers last year, but originally had only one. I cut all of them off last year, and this year I expect more flowers, and after I cut them off, definitely more fly traps as well.