My 6 year old just brought a venus flytrap home from summer camp. *In searching out info on how to keep it alive, I came across this forum and I hope you can answer a few questions. *I've seen some conflicting information; and I want to be sure I'm doing the right things for this plant. *My son would be devastated if "Vennie" died, and besides, it's a really neat plant.
1. *It's in a home-made terrarium made out of a one liter soda bottle. *In browsing this forum, I see that some of you keep your flytraps in terrariums and some do not. *I've read on the 'net (and care tips on this site) that it's good to keep it in a covered container--but that seems not to be the consensus here. *I live in Wisconsin, and it's hot and humid now, but will be dry and cold later...is it best to leave it in the "terrarium"? *You can take the top off it. *I wouldn't mind moving him to a nicer looking container...what do you suggest? *Do VFTs transplant well, or will it be unhappy if I move it? *He's currently in what looks like peat moss, with about 3 inches of pearlite in the bottom. *I've been keeping the mixture damp.
2. I have a supply of Reverse Osmosis water. *Is this OK for him?
3. *Can he eat other insects besides flies? *Can we feed it spiders/ants/etc? *How much should we give it? *I read that they eat two-three flies a month, will it hurt it to give it more than that? *I know, no people food.
Any other advice you can give us will be much appreciated. *I'd like to keep "Vennie" happy!